Haydn’s Symphony No 45 F# Minor
For this assignment, we were asked as a group to compile a resource pack which would facilitate a discussion on Haydn’s Symphony No 45 in F# Minor and Mozart’s Fantasy No 4 in C Minor.
One of the tasks we received on Haydn’s Symphony No 45 in F# Minor was to complete a tabular analysis. For this, we had to identify the bar number, the section of the movement, the thematic/motivic content, the key signature, the harmonic progressions of exposition and the instrumentation in a structured table which shown below.
Harmonic progressions of Exposition
By completing this tabular analysis on Haydn, we, as a group, were able to break the piece down into sections which gave us a better understanding of the thematic ideas Haydn used throughout his work. It also helped us identify various features about …show more content…
To open the piece, Haydn uses F# with descending arpeggios against syncopated rhythm in 2nd violins. The piece starts with an unsettled tempo to reflect the use of sturm and drang. Sturm and drang is also displayed through the urgency of repetition of the motif, which also uses thematic unity. The tempo and dynamics in the piece change rapidly continuous use of accented notes. The use of chromaticism in woodwind sustained chords suggests ambiguous tonality which reflects the sturm and drang quality. Also, tremolando relates to the tempo change, extremes of register ascending and descending sequences the cello and double bass therefore, creating syncopated rhythms. Overall the rhythm is driving and can be unpredictable in places, for example. Adding to this, the sonata form is uneasy as it seems the actual second theme appears in the development section instead of the exposition section as the first motif sounds as if it is being repeated and the recapitulation is just a repetition of the