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Musicians Play Haydn Seek: The “Farewell” Symphony

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Portrait of Joseph Haydn by Thomas Hardy

I have a fun video for you today, the last movement of Haydn’s “Farewell” Symphony (Symphony No 45).  Here’s the story behind it.

The musicians at the Esterházy court were grumpy.  They had been at the prince’s summer palace too long.  They wanted to go home.  They appealed to their conductor, Franz Joseph Haydn. Rather than approach the prince, Haydn decided to make his statement musically.  In the final movement of the symphony, the musicians left the stage one by one until only two violins (at the time, played by Haydn and his concertmaster) remained.

The prince got the point.  The musicians soon returned home.

In the video presented here, Daniel Barenboim and the musicians ham it up, and it’s delightful.

I hope you will enjoy the final movement of the “Farewell” Symphony.

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One thought on “Musicians Play Haydn Seek: The “Farewell” Symphony

  1. A wonderful feature of music is how it can leave us laughing. We should always high-five every person who wields an instrument. Despite the surely often inappropriacy thereof.

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