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Haydn: Symphony No. 96, Fourth Movement

Can you guess this piece? Here’s a hint: It's simply inexplicable!

The year was 1791…a London audience sat peacefully enjoying a Haydn symphony…when crash! A chandelier came falling into the audience. And miraculously—nobody was hurt. No one was under the chandelier, because they had all pressed forward in the hall to better hear Haydn’s music. This occurrence earned Haydn’s Symphony No. 96 its nickname “The Miracle.” Only one problem; the music playing during this chandelier crash was not Symphony 96, but was actually Haydn’s Symphony No.102. Despite the miraculous save taking place during Symphony No. 102, Symphony No. 96 still gets to keep the nickname.

Music Heard On This Episode

Franz Joseph Haydn: 4th movement from Symphony No. 96, "The Miracle"
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra; Nikolaus Harnoncourt — Haydn Symphonies No 96&97 Harnoncourt (Teldec, 1994)
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Franz Joseph Haydn: 4th movement from Symphony No. 96, "The Miracle"
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra; Nikolaus Harnoncourt — Haydn Symphonies No 96&97 Harnoncourt (Teldec, 1994)
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