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Haydn and the Fair Lady

It was a rare moment of embarrassment for the young composer, but it seared itself into his memory. And years later, with his characteristic good humor, Haydn, unable to recall little else about his first employer, would still remember this … Continue reading

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Did Haydn Sing at Vivaldi’s Funeral?

Musicologists have long held that the two composers might have “met” at Vivaldi’s funeral, the young Sepperl accompanying the corpse to the burial site in the cemetery next to the Karlskirche beyond the city walls.  A surprising piece of evidence … Continue reading

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The Making of a Composer: Hainburg an der Donau

At the age of six, the young Sepperl, as Haydn’s parents called him, set off for Hainburg, a small town on the banks of the Danube about eight miles from Rohrau. There he was to attend the parish school where … Continue reading

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Seeds of Talent: The First Step to Parnassus

Beethoven on his deathbed was said to marvel that so humble a village as Rohrau should have produced so great a musician as Haydn. Neither Mathias Haydn, his father,  nor Anna Maria Koller, his mother, had any formal training in … Continue reading

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