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Favorite Haydn Joke

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Franz Joseph Haydn is often credited to being one of the first composers who wrote humor in their music. What are your favorite jokes from his music? My personal favorites would probably be the bassoon "fart" from his 93rd Symphony and the


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Consider Symphony #60 ("Il distratto"):

The finale features one of Haydn's famous musical jokes: the energetic prestissimo opening grinds to a sudden halt following a spectacularly discordant orchestral flourish, as the violins discover that they seemingly "need" to retune their strings - which they noisily proceed to do for 10 to 15 seconds before they resume playing.

Added: aha, now I see HaydnBearsTheClock mentioned it already...
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