Category Archives: Composers

Haydn Tunes an Organ: Musical Differences

How would Haydn, or any eighteenth-century individual for that matter, tune an organ? It’s hard to believe, but at one point this was quite the contentious issue.

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Forensic Bach

The little known story of how one musician inadvertently aided in the development of a key area in forensic science. The story comes from Katherine Ramsland’s Beating the Devil’s Game—a must-read for anyone interested in the history of forensic science.

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Haydn’s Day of the Dark

Franz Michael Haydn, like his older brother, also became a composer, but was better known for his church compositions rather than his secular works. Now, there’s nothing to suggest that the two didn’t get on well. Michael, for much of … 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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