Haydn's Drumroll Symphony

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Haydn Symphony No.103 Drumroll

Richard Gill conductor

Haydn’s second-last symphony, Drumroll, received its premiere in London in 1795. The review in the Morning Chronicle was ecstatic: ‘Another new Overture, by the fertile and enchanting Haydn…had continual strokes of genius, both in air and harmony.’ Those ‘strokes of genius’ referred to the famous extended roll on the timpani that opens the work and provides its nickname.

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