200 Years, Anniversary Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)

haydnmania: the 2009 anniversary

Archive for March, 2009

happy birthday, Joe!

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one of the grimaces in the inner courtyard at Schloss Esterházy Haydn would have been admidst ….

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… that inspirated modern painter Andreas Roseneder (his language is also “understood throughout the world”) to his “mask”-series (2008, 2009), more

Today, on Joseph Haydn’s 277th birthday (born 31 march, 1732 in Rohrau) the “official” Burgenland starts with the celebration years program at Schloss Esterházy in Eisenstadt.
And there will be some things similar to Haydn’s conditions of employment during his 30 years at the court of the Esterházy’s, when he composed and played for the aristocrat familiy and their guests:
also today and tomorrow Nikolaus Harnoncourt and his Concentus Musicus (with an excellent Haydn-program!) will only be heard by a privileged scene of invited politicians, economic people, sponsors and – more or less – public characters of the “scene” – and journalists!

It’s a question of private imagination power to realize, how many percent of today’s listeners at the Haydn-Celebration-Year opening love music, especially Haydn’s music – or take just a seat in the famous Haydnsaal and try to show the own face in some jounalist’s camera for own promotion aims and commercial reasons ..
ugh…..
In the meantime a lot of Haydn-lovers celebrate their much-admired “Genius Loci” at their players by listening to the wonderful masterpieces of music that enhance their lifes since mor than 2 and a half centuries.
-and so will I!
Salute, Joe!

HAYDN – DOCTOR OF MUSIC

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HAYDN – DOCTOR OF MUSIC was the title of a concert review in an english newspaper on  11 July 1791.
“Doctor of Musick” conferred upon Haydn at Oxford:

“… At the Theatre that night the audience were in excellent humour; and when Haydn appeared, and, grateful for the applause he received, seized hold of, and displayed, the gown he wore as a mark of the honour that had in the morning been conferred upon him, the silent emphasis with which he thus expressed his feelings, met with an unanimous and loud clapping”…… (13” Page 3 Col 1)

When he came to London Haydn wrote to a friend:
“Everyone wants to know me. I had to dine out six times up to now. I could have an invitation everyday…”

Haydn was the 1st musician who was honoured with the title “doctor” from the Oxford University during his lifetime.

taxidrivers become Haydn-experts

This news about the activities during the Joseph Haydn anniversary year 2009 made me smile:

The local representative of taxidrivers in Burgenland, member of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber (Austrian business community) runs Haydn-seminars for their members (taxidrivers).

The cultural interested visitors during the Haydn Year 2009 will be well informed about Haydn and the Haydn-places by perfect prepared taxidrivers – as “Haydn-experts”.
I think I should make a test drive!

J.H.’s “La fedeltà premiata” now at the Opera in Zürich

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Adam Fischer (picture), founder of the “Austro-Hungarian Haydn Orchestra” and familiar to all Haydn works, is the musical director of Haydn’s opera “La fedeltà premiata” which  is now played at the Zürich Opera house.

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The Zürich-production is a very modern version of Haydn’s opera, which he composed once for the Opera House at Schloss Eszterháza, where it was played for the first time on 25 February 1781.

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Haydn: “…Now something about Paris. They were very surprised that my vocal composition should be so exceedingly complaisant; but I was not at all surprised, as they have not yet heard anything. If they were only to hear my operetta “L’isola disabitata” and my last opera for Shrovetide, “La fedeltà premiata”, I assure you that nothing has yet been heard like them in Paris, and perhaps not even in Vienna. My misfortune is only that I have to stay in the country..” — Joseph Haydn, 27 May 1781

link: Opera Zürich (Switzerland)

originality due to isolation – Nikolaus Harnoncourt about Haydn

These days Nikolaus Harnoncourt‘s statement about Joseph Haydn was published.  He said, that Haydn was always willing to risk the newest. The reason was the isolation and originality of Haydn. He was not influenzed by others – the Esterházy Castle in Eisenstadt (where Haydn lived for 30 years) was far away from any scenery – and therefore Joseph Haydn didn’t have to continue any method or habit.

Harnoncourt also said that Haydn had his own ( excellent & international !) orchester and his own audience, so he was extremely independent.
Haydn was an exception owing to those circumstances.

Nikolaus Harnoncourt himself became tasted by Haydn’s music in his student years. Even his parents liked to play chamber music of Haydn. When Nikolaus Harnoncout founded the Concentus with his wife they had just Haydn on their first program!

How would he describe Haydn? – he was asked.

“…If someone has an idea of Haydn, then I would describe Haydn as one of the few musical universal genius. And the second sentence would be: With an extra bit of humour,” said Harnoncourt.

Harnoncourt conducts Haydn (2009, vienna) – video:


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Spring begins (on saturday, 21 march 09) with a special Haydn-evening at “3sat”-TV
with
“Joseph Haydn: my language is understood throughout the world” (at 20.15 p.m.) and

Joseph Haydn’s  “Te Deum für Fürst Nikolaus Esterhazy” C-Dur HOB 23 (at 23.05 p.m.)

(3sat on Satelite: “ASTRA” (1F) auf 19,2 Degree East, Transponder 10, vertical Polarisation, Frequenz 11,347 Ghz, Stereo 7.02 / 7.20, Monoton on 6.50 )

links:
Nikolaus Harnoncourt conducts the Haydn-Anniversary-Opening (warning: no tickets available !!!), here the program on his personal website
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whow, that’s not just for listening …

Joseph Haydn: “Symphony in B-Major, Nr. 16”, Hob. 1:16
composed in the years 1760 to 1763, at a time when he tried a lot of new techniques  – and, at this time not usual  instrumentation.
(it was also the time 1760, when he married a wife who didn’t make him happy during their lifetime – so maybe, music was some kind of escaping too …?!)

What I personally like most is the solocello in the second movement, the “Adagio”. Listen to it, you’ll not regret!

the complete symphony:

1. movement: “Allegro” (get a premonition)

2. movement: “Andante Ma Non Troppo” (!!! my favorite)

3. movement: “Finale, Presto” (a kick to regain your momentum)

it’s time for a piece of j.h.- music!

Violin Concerto in G Major, Hob. VIIa: 4 (Transcription for Cello)
with Mischa Maisky, Violoncello and the “Wiener Symphoniker”,  at Schloss Hetzendorf, Vienna

video1:
I.- Allegro Moderato
II.- Adagio

video2:
II.- Adagio
III.- Allegro