200 Years, Anniversary Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)

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Archive for October 14, 2008

…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

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a “sharp” piece of music

In 1789, the London publisher John Bland traveled to Vienna in search of new works for publication. Dropping in on Haydn, he found the composer attempting to shave. “I would give my best quartet for a good razor!” he exclaimed. Bland promptly ran back to his lodgings and returned with his own razors of fine English steel. Haydn kept his promise and handed over his latest string quartet (op. 55 No. 2), which is still commonly known as the “Rasiermesser Quartett” (razor quartet).

Joseph Haydn: Quartett Nr. 46 in f-Moll (“Razor Quartet” – „Rasiermesser-Quartett“), op. 55, Nr. 2, Hoboken-Nr. 61