Viennese Classic - Early Period#
Joseph Haydn: Symphony Nr.6 (Le Matin)#
The trilogy of symphonies
representing parts of the day (1761) were the first works that Joseph
Haydn (1732 Rohrau/Lower Austria - 1809 Vienna) wrote for his new
employer, Prince Paul Anton Esterh zy. They make the two opposite poles
of Haydn's composition technique clearer than almost any of his other
works: a modern readiness to experiment combined with the use of
tradional elements. The remaining music from Esterhaza Palace (Hungary)
makes it obvious that the prince preferred compositions in an
Italian-Concerto style, so the symphonies from that time actually
represent a mixture of the Baroque concerto and the new, larger sound
of the orchestra.
The musical example is characteristic for
descriptive instrumental music: in the slow introduction of the
symphony, Haydn depicts a sunrise. (Le Matin= Morning). (E.
The picture shows the house where Haydn was born in Rohrau.
© Teldec Classics International GmbH, CD-Nr. 2292 46018-2: Joseph Haydn: Symphonies Nos. 6-8, Concentus musicus Wien unter Nikolaus Harnoncourt.