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Here is a fun activity to do with your kids involving Haydn’s “Surprise” Symphony!

The “Surprise” Symphony was written by Austrian composer Franz Joseph Haydn in 1792 on one of his trips to London. It is famous because of the second movement, which has some surprises in it. Haydn was the teacher of two other famous composers, Mozart and Beethoven.

As You Listen...

  • Haydn was known for creating jokes in his music and liked to have fun. What do you think the surprise will be? 
  • In this piece Haydn likes to play with the dynamics or volume in music. How does he use piano (quiet) and forte (loud) in his surprise?
  • How do you expect the piece to end?

Joke of the day! Why couldn’t Beethoven and Mozart find their teacher? He was Haydn!

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Whatcom Arts Project

The BSO is a proud participant and a founding member of the new Whatcom Arts Project, a group of over 30 community arts nonprofits. The goal of the Whatcom Arts Project is to reach our community during this time of need to provide hope, entertainment, learning opportunities, and a sense of togetherness. Each week during the pandemic, the BSO posted learning activities and videos on our website and to social media as part of the Whatcom Arts Project.

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