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The Life of Haydn
     

The Life of Haydn

by David Wyn Jones
 

ISBN-10: 1107610818

ISBN-13: 9781107610811

Pub. Date: 12/31/2012

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Presenting a fresh picture of the life and work of Joseph Haydn, this biography captures all the complexities and contradictions of the composer's long career. In his lifetime Haydn achieved a degree of fame that easily surpassed that of Mozart and Beethoven. Later his historical significance was more restricted, regarded exclusively as the composer who first

Overview

Presenting a fresh picture of the life and work of Joseph Haydn, this biography captures all the complexities and contradictions of the composer's long career. In his lifetime Haydn achieved a degree of fame that easily surpassed that of Mozart and Beethoven. Later his historical significance was more restricted, regarded exclusively as the composer who first recognised the potential of the symphony and the quartet. However, Haydn had also composed operas, oratorios and church music with similar enthusiasm and self-regard. Too easily buttonholed as a Viennese composer, he interacted consistently with the musical life of Vienna only during the earliest and latest periods of his life; London was at least as important in fashioning the composer's fame and legacy. To counter the genial view of the composer, this biography probes the darker side of Haydn's personality, his commercial opportunism and double dealing, his penny-pinching and his troubled marriage.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781107610811
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
12/31/2012
Series:
Musical Lives Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
1,197,955
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.55(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; 1. God and country; 2. Serving princes: images of Haydn: 1776; 3. Italian opera at Eszterháza; 4. 'My misfortune is that I live in the country': images of Haydn: 1790; 5. London-Vienna-London; 6. Viennese composer, European composer; 7. 'Gone is all my strength': images of Haydn: 1809.

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