This Divertimento is from a set of six pieces for small wind band (including serpent) attributed to Joseph Haydn (1731 – 1809). Spending most of his career as a musician for the wealthy Eszterházy family, Haydn was isolated from other composers and trends in music until later in his long life. In his older age, he was revered throughout Europe, performing in Paris and London. While authorship of this and the other five divertimenti of 1782/84 is disputed this one is especially charming as its second movement is based on the St Anthony chorale, which Brahms used for his famous orchestral variations.

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