Category Archives: Musicians

Haydn and the Lost Operas of Monteverdi

On a twilight evening in October 1613, Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643) was set upon by a band of thugs on the road from Mantua to Venice. I was researching the Haydn Mysteries when I came upon that tidbit, and I was … Continue reading

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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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Papa Haydn and his Performers

Although music publishing, in particular that geared toward the amateur performer, and subscription concerts were becoming viable commercial outlets, secular courts and churches still provided the most secure form of livelihood for musicians in the eighteenth century. The lot of … Continue reading

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