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Entry for May 13, 2007

Posted by HelenEdith on May 13, 2007

We were watching something on the Performance channel this evening. The orchestra was the Polish Chamber Orchestra, and judging by the hairstyles, the performance was filmed about 20 years ago.

When we tuned in, they were playing Mozart’s “Eine Kleine Nacht Musik” but they moved onto something else without putting up a title and I didn’t recognise it, although I thought it may have been Haydn.

Did he write a “Farewell Symphony” by any chance? The reason why I ask is that the musicians picked up their instruments and departed one by one. The last to go were the two violin section leaders, who finished the piece, closed their music, and departed. I think the conductor just sort of wandered off afterwards.

Judging by the lack of applause, I would say that it wasn’t recorded in front of an audience.

Or should I say, “I hope it wasn’t recorded in front of an audience!” 😀

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One Response to “Entry for May 13, 2007”

  1. Anonymous said

    Thanks to Lawrence and David (you know who you are!) for enlightening me:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symphony_No._45_%28Haydn%29

    Haydn did indeed write a “Farewell Symphony” to make the point that his musicians hadn’t had a holiday for a long time.

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