200 Years, Anniversary Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)

haydnmania: the 2009 anniversary

Archive for November, 2008

Destiny of an anthem

Soon the Haydn Year 2009 begins! On this occasion the Austrian National Library in Vienna shows in a very interesting exhibition the story of Joseph Haydn’s “Kaiserhymne” (imperial anthem). Title: “Gott erhalte. Schicksal einer Hymne” (destiny of an anthem).
One of my earlier articles about the Haydn-anthem here

Some examples of the exhibits:
the clean copy of Joseph Haydn’s “Kaiserhymne”
Kaiser Franz II./I. (1768-1835),
Lithografie by Josef Axmann
the 1st print of the anthem
early printing of  „Gott erhalte“, Wien o.J.
first sketch of the anthem, from Joseph Haydn

All pictures from © Austrian National Library.  Exhibition: nov 28, 2008 – february 1, 2009-

Haydn’s “Nikolaimesse” live with Welser-Möst

On Sunday, 16 November 2008 one of the worlds most famous music directors – and the designated new general music director of the “Wiener Staatsoper” – Franz Welser Möst will conduct the “Nikolaimesse” from Joseph Haydn in Vienna’s Augustiner Church.
As Welser-Möst mentioned “… without their religious background works e.g. from Haydn, Schubert, Beethoven and Bruckner are not understandable…”. He stands up for the church (sacred) music and is the patron for the rescue of the music in St. Augustin which was in a financial risk.
I found a very “pleasant” statement of Welser-Möst on youtube: