It’s amazing how many of the most significant years of Haydn’s life dovetail with events in the lives of the founding fathers of a country as yet unborn.
In May, 1761, Haydn signed a contract with Prince Paul Anton Esterházy. He had just been hired to the post of Vice-Kapellmeister, and would remain with the Esterházy family for some thirty years.
He must have been aware of the New World, and yet those lands miles across the Atlantic Ocean would have held no more significance to a Viennese musician trying to make his mark on the world than faraway India or China.
How would Haydn, or any eighteenth-century individual for that matter, tune an organ? It’s hard to believe, but at one point this was quite the contentious issue.
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 his middle name Joseph?
I’m delighted to report that Aria to Death, the second Haydn Mystery, is a May Book Club Pick. It’s been featured along with some other wonderful crime fiction writers on Book Club Central.
I’m beyond thrilled to have my Haydn Mysteries featured along with authors like Elaine Viets and K.M. Rockwood. What an honor!
The theme for May is “Not the Usual Suspects.”Click on the hyperlinked text to be taken to the page.
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