Haydn's worksÊoften containedÊmusical jokes, and the Surprise Symphony (#94) includes the most famous of all -- a sudden loud chord in the themeof the second movement after a tranquil opening. The music then returns to its original quiet dynamic, as if nothing had happened, and the ensu ing variations do not repeat the joke. As the story goes,Êthis "surprise" was meant to wake up anyone in the audienceÊwhoÊhad started to doze off. This version gives students withÊa great opportunity to listen for pitch accuracy on their F and C naturals. Duration 2:50.
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