Farewell Symphony statement
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Haydn: 15 facts about the great composer
14. Farewell Symphony statement
When Haydn's Farewell symphony was performed for the first time in 1772, the composer gently hinted to his employer Prince Nikolaus that his overworked musicians might like to return home with an ingenious musical statement. The final movement sees each musician stand up, extinguish the candle on their music stand and leave the room in turn until only a pair of violins remain.