200 Years, Anniversary Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)

haydnmania: the 2009 anniversary

Archive for October, 2008

screaming ladies?…!

Haydn in London:

picture: George Prince of Wales was one of Haydn’s greatest admirers. He played the cello …

While composing his so-called “Surprise Symphony” (the 94th), Haydn relished the prospect of revealing the surprise: “That,” he explained, “will make the ladies scream!”

In German the 94th is more often referred to as the Symphony “mit dem Paukenschlag” (original) /  “with the kettledrum stroke” (engl. translation). It is the 2nd of the twelve so called London-Symphonies. The surprise was the sudden, unexpected loud chord theme…

“…it was my wish to surprise the public with something new…” Joesph Haydn

Oh Joe, sometimes I wished that some of your nowadays colleagues of you act in a similar way!!!

the answer to “poll #1: who said this?”

√ Joseph Haydn !
was the correct answer!

The story behind:

First, after having been granted an extended leave of absence from service at the Esterházy court, and having moved to Vienna at the end of 1790, at the age of 58 Joseph Haydn found himself in the position of a musician free to do as he pleased at the beginning of a possibliy long-planned personal career where he would earn his own way. The violonist Johann Peter Salomon invited him to do a concert series in England and Haydn seized the oppotunity at once. [ from the book “Joseph Haydn. Great Austrian Composer”]

Johann Peter Salomon (1745 – 1815),
painted by Thomas Hardy, London 1792
(picture from wikimedia commons)

For 5000 guilders, Haydn agreed to compose 27 pieces for London concert manager Johann Peter Salomon and to have them performed in concerts, conducting them himself. When Mozart expressed reservations that Haydn did not even speak English, he said:
“Meine Sprache verstehet die ganze Welt!” (original)
“My language is understood throughout the world!”(translation)
Looking back, Haydn often said the years in England (1791 – 1792, 1794 – 1795) were the happiest of his life. During those years Haydn reached the zenith of his fame.

j.h. – young and gifted

Picture: Schloss Harrach, Rohrau, Austria:
1794, during Haydns lifetime, Count Harrach exhibited the first statue made of
Haydn in the park on the castle grounds in Rohrau – where Haydn spent his first five years.

Joseph Haydn about his father and his first encounters with music:
“My late father was a wheelwright by profession and a subject of Count Harrach (from nature a great connoisseur of music). Without reading a note of music he played the harp, and when I was a boy of five I could (sing) repeat all the tunes he played…”

All text taken from: Chapter 1. “Childhood” in the book:

“Joseph Haydn, Great Austrian Composer” incl. Audio-CD – recorded at Schloss Esterházy in Eisenstadt (at Haydnsaal & Empiresaal) with the famous Ensembles “Joseph-Haydn-Streichquartett”, the “Joseph Haydn-Brass”, the “Schloss-Trio Eisenstadt” and the “Esterházy-Ensemble”.

The book is available in 4 languages: german, english, chinese and japanese language!
more about & orderform here

poll #1: who said this …?

The solution will follow soon!

…our “stolen” Haydn-anthem…

…is now used by the Germans as their “official anthem”:

Joseph Haydn composed the “Kaiserhymne” (Emperor’s Hymn) “Gott erhalte Franz den Kaiser” (“God Save Emperor Francis”) as an anthem to Francis II, Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire which he reigned from Vienna, Austria. Lorenz Leopold Haschka (1749-1827) wrote the lyrics –  Joseph Haydn composed the melody.

The melody is also the second movement of one of Haydn’s most famous string quartets, nicknamed the “Emperor Quartet” (german/original name: “Das Kaiserquartett”). The melody was later used in “Das Lied der Deutschen” (translation: “the song of the germans” – tztztz….), which is still Germany’s national anthem.

Sometimes I’d like to change our actually (and – at least – boring) austrian anthem against the Haydn anthem melody, that really belongs to us! It was written by a person who lived here (not in Germany!).

There’ not much possibilities, but among the less I found one “touching” version of Haydn’s anthem, the 2nd movement of the “string quartet op.76, popularly known as the “Emperor” Quartet (1797), on youtube:

“Haydn reloaded”

Here a fresh, contemporary view on Haydn by the austrian painter Andreas Roseneder. Since almost two years he’s working on “…the IMAGE of a so called genius in changing times…”.  [- more to come soon…!!!] -related article: “haydn reloaded II” (with more haydn-contemporary artwork)

Andreas Roseneder’s exhibition “Haydn reloaded” will be presented at the famous Esterháza Palace at Fertöd (Hungary) – where Haydn lived and worked.: opening event on saturday, august 8, 2009 at 6 p.m. (more about Esterháza Palace on my article “visiting Esterhàza Palace”)

Andreas Roseneder :“Portrait Joseph Haydn 2007 after Hardy 1791”, 2007, oil on canvas

the “Original” portrait of Joseph Haydn by Thomas Hardy, 1791

Painter & author Andreas Roseneder alias “René Desor” (the literary ananym of Andreas Roseneder), more of his Haydn-works + his official website

 Haydn-patch", 2008, polimer colours on poliethylene master batch - by Andreas Roseneder

Haydn-patch", 2008, polimer colours on poliethylene master batch - by Andreas Roseneder

…the unread letters…

…between Haydn and his wife:
Haydn’s tours often kept him away from his wife for prolonged periods – a happenstance about which he was at best ambivalent. A visitor once remarked upon a large pile of unopened letters on the composer’s desk. “They’re from my wife,” he explained. “We write to each other monthly, but I don’t open her letters and I am certain she doesn’t open mine.”

This Haydnbust was made in Joseph Haydns lifetime from Josef Thaler (around 1800, Vienna) – with original hair from Joseph Haydn on the wax made head: It is now at the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna: http://www.khm.at