While composing his so-called “Surprise Symphony” (the 94th), Haydn relished the prospect of revealing the surprise: “That,” he explained, “will make the ladies scream!”
In German the 94th is more often referred to as the Symphony “mit dem Paukenschlag” (original) / “with the kettledrum stroke” (engl. translation). It is the 2nd of the twelve so called London-Symphonies. The surprise was the sudden, unexpected loud chord theme…
“…it was my wish to surprise the public with something new…” Joesph Haydn
Oh Joe, sometimes I wished that some of your nowadays colleagues of you act in a similar way!!!