Category Archives: Haydn’s Wife

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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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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Mio Caro Giuseppe

Haydn often attributed his musical genius and originality to his enforced isolation from Vienna, the musical capital of the world. “I was set apart from the world,” he explained, “there was no one in the vicinity to confuse and annoy … Continue reading

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