Category Archives: Music History

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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Where did the Operas Go? The Case Against Giovanni Artusi

Seven of the ten operas the great master of opera, Claudio Monteverdi, composed have never been found. How did they come to be lost? We don’t know. But without the composer’s correspondence, their existence would never have been known. What … Continue reading

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Papa Haydn Gets the Boot

Now it always pleased Haydn to hear his music performed. If he were walking or driving by, and heard a minuet or a quartet of his being performed, he would stop, and listen to the performance. Once when he and … Continue reading

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Did Haydn Sing at Vivaldi’s Funeral?

Musicologists have long held that the two composers might have “met” at Vivaldi’s funeral, the young Sepperl accompanying the corpse to the burial site in the cemetery next to the Karlskirche beyond the city walls.  A surprising piece of evidence … Continue reading

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