Symphony Surprise of Haydn
The Symphony Surprise of Haydn is his symphony No.
Sol major. It was composed around 1791. The most notable is its second
movement, where the change from piano to fortissimo makes you startle.
Moreover, it was thought to awake the courtesans of their dreams. It is scored
for 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 horns, 2 trumpets, 2 bassoons, timpani and strings.
Haydn has many curious symphonies and this is one of them.
Franz Joseph Haydn was born in Rohrau, near Vienna, in 1732, and is from a humble family. He does not innovate, but he perfects and consecrates the symphony. It fixed the string quartet. His music is cheerful, naive, simple, clear, and full of grace and humor. He composed around one hundred and four symphonies, most from the forties. Many of the leading titles reflect the cheerful soul of someone having humorous fun with his notes.
He belongs to the musical classicism, which corresponds to neoclassicism in the other arts. In general, classical music is objective, contained in emotions, courtly and elegant. Music is planned for the aristocracy and high society, and not for the people.
In conclusion, the Symphony Surprise is one of the funniest symphonies, because indeed, the moment in that it passes from piano to fortissimo startles you, I say it from experience.