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Symphony No. 45 in F# minor "Farewell" - 3rd movement Haydn Help Opus Details
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Haydn was trying to get a message across to his patron, Prince Esterhazy, that he and all the musicians were tired of batching at the summer palace in Esterhazy, and wanted to return to their wives at Eisenstadt. So, during the final adagio each musician stops playing, snuffs out the candle on his music stand, and leaves in turn, so that at the end, there are just two muted violins left (played by Haydn himself and the concertmaster, Alois Luigi Tomasini). Esterházy seems to have understood the message: the court returned to Eisenstadt the day following the performance.
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