Category Archives: Family

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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Seeds of Talent: The First Step to Parnassus

Beethoven on his deathbed was said to marvel that so humble a village as Rohrau should have produced so great a musician as Haydn. Neither Mathias Haydn, his father,  nor Anna Maria Koller, his mother, had any formal training in … Continue reading

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