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Take for example, Michael Haydn. His Symphony in D minor has a slow movement (Andantino) that is played in all of six minutes in one recording, 16 minutes total. Compare Mozart's symphonies that get bloated to more than a half hour.

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closed as unclear what you're asking by Dom, jjmusicnotes, Bob Broadley, Fergus, Meaningful Username Jul 9 '14 at 8:08

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Hello James47, it's a little unclear what you're asking here. Try rephrasing your question so that is is more clear and also make sure that what you're asking is measurable (it's very hard to measure exactly how often something gets played compared to something else; especially when we don't know if you mean present day or back then. – jjmusicnotes Jul 8 '14 at 22:59
I would think this is more about length then tempo. A symphony doesn't have a required length and usually varies by piece or composer. – Dom Jul 8 '14 at 22:59
@Dom I think I know which M. Haydn recording Jim's referring to: Goritzki on the CPO label. The slow movement sounds rushed compared to the pirated recording you can hear on Youtube (which you can still hear if they haven't taken it down). But even with that one, I feel that the first movement, Allegro brilliante, could be played slower, and that if Wunderschmuck Mozart had written it instead, it would get played slower like it should. – Robert Soupe Jul 10 '14 at 1:08
Yup! But there are plenty of other Michael Haydn recordings of other compositions of his that I think would be played at a more reasonable tempo if the conductor thought it was by Mozart instead (and I don't mean any disrespect to Mozart, but there needs to be more respect for his contemporaries). – James47 Jul 12 '14 at 21:20