200 Years, Anniversary Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)

haydnmania: the 2009 anniversary

…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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