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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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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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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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