On the evening of February 2, 1795, the audience at the King's Theatre, London awaited with keen anticipation the performance of Haydn's symphony. As the concert advertised that Haydn would direct the new piece himself "from the Pianofort," the audience pressed forward out of their seats to get a closer look.
Moments later, a chandelier crashed to the floor where the seats had emptied, and the audience escaped unharmed.
It was long believed that this "Miracle" event took place at the premiere of his Symphony No. 96 in D Major, giving this work the name "The Miracle." More recent research suggests that this event actually took place but during the premiere of his Symphony No. 102. However, the German composer's Symphony No. 96 has retained its nickname.