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The Brothers Haydn

“Their middle brother was difficult enough to exhaust even Johann’s infinite resources of tact and patience”–A Minor Deception, Chapter Ten What exactly do we know about Haydn’s brothers and his relationship with them? Not much, unfortunately. Certainly not enough for … Continue reading

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Haydn’s Women: Henpecked Husband or Philanderer?

I’m often asked to what extent the portraits I’ve drawn of Haydn’s younger brothers and his wife in my mysteries are true-to-life. After all Michael—Franz Michael— and Johann—Johann Evangelist—did indeed exist. Were they anything at all like the men I’ve … Continue reading

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What Lay Under the Wig: A Question from a Reader

Haydn wore wigs. We know that. David Wyn Jones writes that he was “certainly” the last great composer to have worn one. Mozart and Beethoven only wore wigs on occasion. But what lay beneath the wig? A shaved head or … Continue reading

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How to Dispose of a Troublesome Wife

In A Minor Deception, I’ve portrayed Haydn’s wife, Maria Anna, as a shrew. It’s true, of course, that they didn’t get along very well. Partly, this was because Maria Anna had absolutely no interest in music.  You can imagine what … Continue reading

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