Hey Kids, Meet Haydn
1) Haydn is known for his sense of humor, and the "Surprise" Symphony includes the funniest joke of all. See if you can identify the "Surprise" by listening to a performance of the second movement of this work.
Haydn Symphony No. 94 in G Major, 2nd Movement (Surprise)
The "Surprise" is a unexpected loud chord in the theme of second movement after a very quiet opening. Haydn thought it would be funny to put the audience to sleep, only to startle them with a "surprising" sound.
2) Compare Haydn's "Surprise" Symphony 2nd Movement to Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No.2. Which musical score is more complex? Why?
Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F major
The music of the Classical Era (1750-1820) is characterized by simple, clearly defined melodies with accompaniment, whereas the earlier Baroque Era (1600-1750) is characterized by a complex weaving of melodic lines and elaborate ornamentation.
Surprise Symphony for Easy/Level 2 Piano Solo