I chose Franz Joseph Haydn’s Surprise Symphony (1791, London) because it is exactly as the title alludes to, surprising. It is not boring and incorporates all the elements of a symphony that make it appealing to the common man. It includes the four movements, is melody-driven and homophonic in texture and is widely appealing to a lot of people. Even the comments on YouTube that accompany this video show how, even now, the appeal is there. “Hahahaha, scared me. Love this song! 8)” is one comment and “Haydn seriously had a sense of humor, it’s something good to have” is another that shows the interest in this piece.