Notes on Music
1:38 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

The Miracle Symphony

Portrait of Franz Joseph Haydn by Thomas Hardy
Portrait of Franz Joseph Haydn by Thomas Hardy
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Haydn’s Symphony No. 96 is nicknamed “The Miracle Symphony.”  It seems that a large chandelier in the concert hall crashed to the floor, missing the audience due to the fact that they had moved forward to the stage for applause. 

However, this event actually occurred during a performance of his Symphony No. 102.  Wonder how that erroneous story got started...

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