Posted by: rbbadger | August 29, 2009

Haydn Year

In the classical music world, 2009 is a big year in that it is the 200th anniversary of the death of Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809).  Haydn was one of the leaders of the classical style, having contributed enormously to the development of the sonata allegro form, the string quartet, and so much more.  Born in rural Austria in 1732, he later went as a child to Vienna where he sang in the choir of the Stefansdom, the massive cathedral of the Archbishop of Vienna.  He later entered the employ of the Esterházy family where he provided music and a massive amount of original compositions for the princely Esterházy family.  He was to remain in their employ for the rest of his life, though with the accession of Prince Nikolaus in 1790, an unmusical person who didn’t care much for music, Haydn ended up on a pension which also freed him to travel.  He took London by storm in the 1790s.  He was one of the most celebrated musicians of his age.

Like many musicians of his time and since, he also did a fair amount of teaching work.  He counted Beethoven among his students.  He was also a skilled composer of concerti.  Here is the young Norwegian trumpeter Tine Thing Helseth (yes, that’s really her name) performing the third movement of Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto.



  1. Wow! I loved this one. Daddy did too. 🙂

  2. just had to watch it twice for the boys. we’re on for a third listening. 🙂

  3. Kimberly, now you’ll have to watch it again with Emmett! He’ll love it, huh!

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