Sunday, July 17, 2011

Surprise: It's Haydn again.

Yesterday I  posted Haydn's 'miracle' symphony.   Today I want to continue with this Haydn weekend with his 'surprise' symphony.   As I told you yesterday, Haydn's music contains many jokes, and the Surprise Symphony includes probably the most famous of all: a sudden fortissimo chord at the end of an otherwise piano opening theme in the variation-form second movement. The music then returns to its original quiet dynamic, as if nothing had happened, and the ensuing variations do not repeat the joke. Listen for the 'surprise' in this second movement.

Franz Joseph Haydn Symphony #94 in G major, 'Surprise', movement 2, andante:

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