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Haydn 'Surprise' Symphony Theme

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Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) was the original Classical composer. He was easily one of the most prolific composers of the classical period writing 104 symphonies! He is known as "Papa Haydn", "Father of Classical Music", "Father of the Symphony", "Father of the String Quartet" because of his important contributions to these genres. He was also an important innovator of the sonata form.

For a brief time he taught Mozart, then later a young Beethoven. He was a happy, successful artist with a lively sense of humor. His sense of humor shows up in the 2nd movement of his Symphony No. 94 In G major. It is called the 'Surprise' symphony because of the little musical joke he created!

In this tutorial we will learn a simple arrangement for solo classical guitar of the main theme for that 2nd movement of Haydn's 'Surprise' Symphony. This piece is in G major, in 4/4 time and we'll play it at 60 BPM.

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Haydn 'Surprise' Symphony Theme