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Haydn Symphony No. 31 – Bass Excerpt

Edited by Lawrence Hurst


Title: Symphony No. 31
Composer: Franz Joseph Haydn
Instrument: Bass
Edited By: Lawrence Hurst
Instrumentation: Orchestral
Pages: 2

This bass excerpt for Haydn's Symphony No. 31 in D major, H.1/31 has been edited by Lawrence Hurst, former principal bassist with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Professor and chair of the String Department at Indiana University School of Music since 1986. Hurst's bowings, fingerings and other editorial markings have been added throughout the score.

Joseph Haydn composed Symphony No. 31 in 1765 for his patron Nikolaus Esterházy. The work is scored for one flute, two oboes, four horns, and strings. With an orchestra of only around 16-17 players, four horns comprised roughly a quarter of the entire ensemble, unusual even for composers who would come much later. Because of this the work is nicknamed the "Horn Signal" symphony.

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Please note: There is one page of music encompassing the bass solo from Variation 7 and one page of commentary and instruction.


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In the early standard Breitkopf orchestral printings, the solo in the “Horn Signal” symphony was assigned to the cello; however, Haydn composed it for a solo bass. 

This solo is edited in a comprehensive and detailed manner.  Larry Hurst’s insightful performance suggestions are enclosed with this music.

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