Category Archives: Haydn

Haydn and the New World

It’s amazing how many of the most significant years of Haydn’s life dovetail with events in the lives of the founding fathers of a country as yet unborn. In May, 1761, Haydn signed a contract with Prince Paul Anton Esterházy. … Continue reading

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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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Where did Franz Go? A Note on Austrian Names

I recently received an email from a reader wanting to know why I always refer to Haydn as Joseph Haydn. His name was Franz Joseph Haydn, after all. So why do Haydn’s friends in the Haydn Mysteries address him by … Continue reading

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Opera in the Time of Haydn

“The comely Grilletta would never roar out her lines in a lusty fortissimo. It is entirely out of character.” (Aria to Death, Chapter One) How did eighteenth-century audiences regard opera? We’re so used to prioritizing the music of an opera, … Continue reading

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