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Franz Joseph Haydn

Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)

Composer

The son of an Austrian wheelwright, he was a chorister at St. Stephen's Cathedral in Vienna. His main position was as court composer to the Esterházy family. He was a principal figure in the emergence of the Classical style and wrote for almost every form. He was particularly important in the development of the string quartet and the symphony (writing 104 of them) and was affectionately known as 'Papa Haydn'. He is reputed to have written his Farewell Symphony as a gentle suggestion to his employer that his fellow musicians need a holiday.

Further Reading: Haydn

 Interview, Kate Lindsey on Arianna

The American mezzo (currently starring as Nerone in Handel's Agrippina at the Metropolitan Opera) talks to Katherine about her new recording of cantatas by Alessandro Scarlatti, Handel and Haydn, released last month on Alpha.

 Interview, Ivan Ilić on Stegmann's transcriptions of Haydn

The Serbian-American pianist talks to Katherine about discovering and recording solo piano arrangements of Symphonies Nos. 92, 75 and 44 by Carl David Stegmann, a conductor, composer and tenor who sang in the first German-language production of Don Giovanni.

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