This concerto in C major was composed between 1761 and 1765 when Haydn was the chapel master to the Princes Esterhazy. Haydn may have written it for his friend, the cellist Joseph Franz Weigl, who with Haydn's backing and support joined the orchestra in 1761. Haydn wrote solo parts in his first symphonies for Weigl and this latter stayed with Prince Esterhazy until 1769 when he moved to Vienna to play Italian opera with the orchestra of the Teatro di Corte. Forgotten about for at least 200 years, this concerto was rediscovered in 1961 by the musicologist Oldrich Pulkert. The musical arrangement brings out the core and the interest shown by Haydn in seeking to emphasize the solo skills of the violoncello player.
Concerto per violoncello e orchestra n° 1 in do magg. (Hob. VIIb: 1) Concerto for cello and orchestra No. 1 in C major (Hob. VIIb: 1)
Concerto per violoncello e orchestra n° 2 in re magg. (Hob. VIIb: 2) Concerto for cello and orchestra No. 2 in D major (Hob. VIIb: 2)