Category Archives: Haydn

Haydn in Camera?

Did Haydn ever look through a camera obscura? Darkened rooms with a pinhole to allow light in have been used since ancient times to safely watch solar eclipses. Portable tent-type camera obscuras with an arrangement of convex lenses and mirrors … Continue reading

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Haydn in the Bergl Rooms

In the later years of her life, the Empress Maria Theresa had a summer apartment decorated for herself in the imperial summer palace, Schönbrunn. The set of four rooms—a salon, a study, a bedchamber, and a fourth room whose use … Continue reading

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Haydn and the New World

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. … Continue reading

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Haydn Tunes an Organ: Musical Differences

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.

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