Evening Masterwork: Haydn’s Symphony No. 94

Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)

Symphony No. 94 in G, “Surprise,” by Franz Joseph Haydn

Evening Masterwork for October 20, 2020 – 7:00 PM on Classical WSMR 89.1 and 103.9

The Symphony No. 94 in G by Franz Joseph Haydn – better known as the “Surprise” symphony – is a work that earned its nickname for pretty obvious reasons. The famous musical surprise is heard in the second movement: a loud, full-orchestra chord interrupts otherwise fairly quiet music. However, this surprise was not always a part of this piece, nor was it a particularly well thought out compositional decision. Rather, it was added on a whim for the composer’s London premiere of the work. Hear it tonight at 7: our Evening Masterwork on Classical WSMR 89.1 and 103.9.