Symphony No.96 in D major (3) Joseph Haydn
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Mendelssohn: 15 facts about the great composer
Mendelssohn traveled widely, and made the first of his ten visits to Britain in 1829. Afterwards he headed off to Italy. The buoyant and optimistic mood with which his Italian Symphony begins bears all the hallmarks of a happy man, eager to make his mark on the work and express his travels through music.