Oh yes, it is batshit crazy. Haydn wrote 106 superb symphonies. Not a dud among them. Ranking them is a fool's game (yeah, I'm a fool too ). Still, the exercise is fun, entertaining (if you don't take him seriously) and even informative. His comments, like your blog, have made me reevaluate some I hadn't given much thought to (so many slip through the cracks). For that reason alone, the article is worth reading.
Yes, there are just so many of them, it is hard to remember where you heard that super little bit (oh, there it is, the finale of #59) that turned you on when you heard it last. I have often told people to not be put off by composers with a huge oeuvre
, but seriously, it is hard sometimes not to be. And the three composers who have occupied the last decade for me (Haydn, Mozart and Vivaldi) all have humongous bodies of work, it is so difficult to get a solid grip on it all.
I just took the shrinkwrap off Antonini's newest contribution:
At least Haydn was able to recognize me long in advance with his The Absent-minded Man
symphony. Il Distratto: hey, it's me!!