Franz Joseph Haydn: Symphony No. 101 in D “Clock”
This evening’s masterwork is Haydn’s 101st Symphony, nicknamed the “Clock” symphony. As is normally the case, the nickname did not come from the composer. The symphony acquired its nickname primarily from the 2nd movement, which features a prevailing “tick-tock” accompaniment. This ticking initially comes from the bassoons and plucked strings, but as one listener observed, at the time: Haydn has a gratifying number of different clocks in his shop, offering ‘tick-tock’ in a happy variety of colors.