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Haydn’s Day of the Dark

Franz Michael Haydn, like his older brother, also became a composer, but was better known for his church compositions rather than his secular works. Now, there’s nothing to suggest that the two didn’t get on well. Michael, for much of … 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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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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