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To celebrate our 21st birthday, we've put together some of the greatest 21s in classical music, from opus 21s and symphony 21s to the year 1921 - did your favourite 21 make it in there?
The father of the symphony, Papa Haydn, wrote a vast collection of symphonies for scholars to pore through. But the 21st of them, thought to have been written around 1764, is one of the most interesting. Haydn was clearly experimenting with the conventions of the symphony (or being deliberately confusing…), so he set about making it really difficult for scholars to analyse by moving in and out of different tunes at will, rather than sticking to the rigid formulas of old. Crafty so-and-so.
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