To Mozart he was a fatherly friend, Beethoven was his most famous student. Joseph Haydn was a very beloved person, esteemed by his contemporaries, diligent, humorous, affable, and a straight shooter who was not spoiled by his steep climb from humble conditions into the highest social circles. In Vienna’s Haydn Park, a memorial plaque with the inscription “I will not die completely” can be found, a tribute to Haydn’s life and works.
haydnmania: the 2009 anniversary
a beloved person – a great composer
picture: Haydn Monument, built 1887 in front of the Michaeler Church, in the middle of one of Vienna’s most famous shopping streets, the “Mariahilferstrasse”, from the sculptor Heinrich Natter – financed by Haydn-fans