Franz Joseph Haydn

1732 - 1809

Austrian

Biography

A prominent and prolific composer of the Classical era, Franz Joseph Haydn (known as Joseph Haydn) was boron on March 31st 1732in Rohrau, Austria. He spent much of his career in the patronage of the wealthy Esterházy family in their remote estate that, for much of his career, isolated him from the wider musical landscape. He says that this ‘forced [him] to become original’. His substantial output and contribution to musical form earned him the nicknames of ‘Father of the Symphony’ and ‘Father of the String Quartet’. He was also a good friend of Mozart and a teacher to Beethoven. He was one of the most celebrated composers in Europe when he died, aged 77, on May 31st 1809.

Performances

20th June 2020

PERFORMERS
St Mary's Singers
LOCATION
St Mary's Church, Truro, United Kingdom

14th November 2020

PERFORMERS
York Musical Society
CONDUCTOR
David Pipe
LOCATION
York Minster / York / United Kingdom