May 31, 2019


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There’s Schubert’s “Trout” Quintet, Beethoven’s “Moonlight” Sonata, Mahler’s “Resurrection” Symphony, and Chopin’s “Raindrop” Prelude. That’s a small sampling of catchy monikers attached to various classical pieces. “Mercury” is the nickname of a Haydn symphony; it apparently earned the name because of the work’s quicksilver violin writing in the finale. Which Haydn symphony is called “Mercury”?