Discovering Masterpieces of Classical Music - Haydn
The Surprise Symphony is the best known of the over 100 symphonies by Haydn. Its second movement is the most popular and gave the symphony its name: legend has it that the sudden beat of the timpani was meant to rouse members of the audience who had fallen asleep. Robert Levin (tbc) tells the story of the legendary “surprise” and shows, on piano, the special characteristics of the composition.
Symphony No. 94 in G Major, „Surprise“: Adagio - Vivace assai; Andante; Menuet. Allegro molto; Finale. Allegro di molto