Joseph Haydn Symphony 6 Symphony Analysis

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Listening Reflection #1 – After your first hearing of this piece, please jot down some initial impressions. Any reaction or response is valid! 20 points After hearing this song for the first time, I couldn’t help but think of another symphony composed by Joseph Haydn. This is Symphony No. 94 in G Major, or “Surprise”. His Symphony No. 6 reminds me of his Symphony No. 94, especially during the middle of the symphony because of its dynamics and instrumentation, but the beginning of Symphony No.6 is a lot calmer and quieter. Another first impression that I had when listening to this song was how this symphony created a clear image in my mind. This image was of a sunny grass field in the beginning of the morning when the birds are chirping and…show more content…
This is mainly because the rhythm clearly changes throughout the piece, and is clearly what gives this piece its name. Haydn’s No. 6 Symphony clearly uses rhythms to represent the morning, what it was created to represent. This is especially shown in the very beginning when the violins begin slowly and quietly but gradually get louder and more intense, symbolizing the rise of the sun. Because this piece is rhythmic, I respond to it in a different way. This is because I have to pay very close attention to how Joseph Haydn utilizes rhythm to portray certain events/places (ex: field, birds chirping,…show more content…
As soon as I heard the beginning of the song, my mind was already visualizing the rising sun in a grassy field. This part also especially appealed to me because I enjoy listening to pieces with well employed dynamics. The beginning is clearly an example of this, because the violins begin very quietly as if the sun is beginning to rise and there is no movement because everything is sleeping, but it gradually becomes louder and more intense as if living organisms begin waking up and performing their daily

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