WSMR Quarterly Issue Reports - Q1 2020

Evening Masterwork: The “Drum Roll” Symphony by Haydn

Franz Joseph Haydn (1732 – 1809)

Symphony No. 103 in E-flat, “Drum Roll” by Franz Joseph Haydn

Evening Masterwork for March 19, 2020 – 7:00 PM on Classical WSMR 89.1 and 103.9

The Symphony No. 103 was the second-to-last symphony Franz Joseph Haydn ever wrote, and audiences and critics loved it. One newspaper reported that the symphony, “as usual, had continual strokes of genius.” It also had continual strokes of timpani at the very beginning, which is how it earned its nickname, the “drumroll” symphony. Hear it tonight at 7, our Evening Masterwork, on Classical WSMR.