Tag 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 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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Forensic Bach

The little known story of how one musician inadvertently aided in the development of a key area in forensic science. The story comes from Katherine Ramsland’s Beating the Devil’s Game—a must-read for anyone interested in the history of forensic science.

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