Thursday, 15 January 2009

2009 A year for Joseph Haydn

This year, 2009 marks the 200th anniversary of the death of Joseph Haydn. This is very topical in the classical music world at the moment. Because of this, I would like to include at least one thing within my magazine about this topic. This will not be the main article, but it will feature as a minor article in  the magazine. 
By covering this topic, the magazine will appeal to classical music lovers, and will give the impression that the magazine is up to date and covers things that are topical at the time.
Below is some information about this topic, which gives an outline to the event, and will also provide an overview of what the article could be based on.

2009 marks the 200th anniversary of the death of Joseph Haydn (1732 to 1809). With the HaydnYear 2009 the city pays tribute to Joseph Haydn who had started his career as a member of the Vienna Boys' Choir at St. Stephen's Cathedral and went on to become a celebrated composer on the city's musical stages. A comprehensive and varied programme consisting of more than 100 events - many of them at original locations - will offer a broad audience the opportunity to get to know not only Joseph Haydn, the composer, but also Joseph Haydn, the private man.

Radio 3: Composers Of The Year 2009 – 
Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)


Most people know Joseph Haydn as Austria's great master of Classical style, and the man who taught Mozart and Beethoven. He is called by some the "Father of the Symphony" and "Father of the String Quartet".

A life-long citizen of Austria, Haydn spent much of his career as a court musician for the wealthy Hungarian Esterházy family on its remote estate. Isolated from other composers and trends in music until the latter part of his long life he was, as he put it, "forced to become original".

As the composer of some of the world's best-loved symphonies, choral music and chamber music, his fame was truly international. Haydn arrived in England on New Year's Day, 1791 – it was the first time that he'd been allowed to leave his noble masters at Esterházy, and it was Britain that he chose as his destination.

Right from the start, he enjoyed a level of fame and adulation here that was unprecedented for a composer of classical music. His presence here marked a turning point not only in musical culture, but also in his music. He died in Vienna on 31 May 1809, aged 77.

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