Room 34—a musical surprise

Here we will bring to your attention a very famous piece of music written by Franz Joseph Haydn. He wrote 104 symphonies during his life. Many of them are excellent examples of music written in the Classical style. He was so well-known for them that he is often referred to as the “Father of the Symphony.” Since Michael, his brother, was also a composer, does that make him the “Uncle of the Symphony.” (That was just a joke!)

We’re going to bring you a substantial portion of the Andante, from the Symphony No. 94. It’s also known as the ”Surprise” Symphony. The things for you to figure out is: why is it called the Surprise? (and) can you figure out what the form of the piece is? If you’ve gone through all the other rooms you will have a good clue.


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