Haydn Strauss Mendelssohn
Joseph Haydn was known for his sense of musical joke and humorous surprises. In this sense hardly any of his pieces can outperform the mischievous Symphony No. 88 G major – he composed it in the time between the six Paris Symphonies and the dozen of London Symphonies. Also the acoustically profuse and compositionally brilliant musical story by Richard Strauss based on the medieval German legend about Eulenspiegel is about playfulness. Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy undertook several times to compose oratories and cantatas under the influence of Händel and J. S. Bach. The secular cantata about pagan rituals of mythic Druids and about Christian tradition The First Walpurgis Night based on the text by Johann Wolfgang Goethe is one of these pieces.