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When Murder Strikes. . .

The Kapellmeister must don the role of Kapell-detective yet again

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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 and the Secret Code

How does Haydn use his musical skills to solve mysteries? Whenever I’m asked that question, my mind turns to the Enigma machine, ciphers, and coded messages exchanged between spies. Does Haydn use his knowledge of counterpoint, voice leading, chords and their … 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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