Plural Sax

Sax Octets

Variations on Haydn's Surprise Theme

Peter Guthrie


Haydn's Surpise theme appears as the second movement of his 94th symphony. The nickname arises from the suddenly loud chord following the quiet opening, supposedly aimed at waking audiences who commonly lost interest after the first movement.

This arrangement consists of a faithful rendition of the second movement's theme and then four novel variations in different styles. See also Peter's short arrangement for concert band.

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© 1999 Peter Guthrie

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