5 things you should know about Joseph Haydn (1732 – 1809)
Joseph Haydn, a prominent figure in the First Viennese School, was one of music’s true all-rounders, turning his hand to sonatas, symphonies, operas and oratorios. But behind the exemplary career of this wonderful and prolific composer lies a complex personality: a disarmingly discrete and humble man, who possessed great humanity and an exceptional musical destiny. In this article, we explore some of the masterpieces he produced.
“Haydn’s passion was love of music rather than love of fame; and even where love of fame did play a part, there entered not the faintest shadow of ambition. In making music, his preoccupation was to afford pleasure to himself rather than use it as a means to acquire worldly status.”
Stendhal, The Lives of Haydn, Mozart and Metastasio*