200 Years, Anniversary Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)

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Il mondo della luna – premiere

picture: ©Theater an der Wien

Have you ever flown to the moon thanks to nothing more than the power of your own imagination? In the summer of 1777, Joseph Haydn sent the guests at the prince’s wedding in Esterházy Palace into the fantastic universe with the aid of their imagination, some 190 years before the first moon landing. For “Il mondo della luna” he turned to a source that had already been successfully used for a number of operas and was written originally by the Italian comic poet Carlo Goldoni. Haydn created a work focusing on human longings, the fabled moon and a world turned on its head.

Ecclitico is in pursuit of Clarice while Ernesto loves her sister Flaminia. But Buonafede, the father of the two young ladies and an amateur astronomer, is strictly opposed to these matches. He is also suspicious of the growing affection his servant Cecco is showing towards the maid Lisetta, especially since he has his own designs on her. But the young lovers refuse to give in to pressure. They trick the moonstruck Buonafede into believing he has been transported to the moon. A journey of discovery into outer space and the joys of love merge in the family garden into an increasingly manic muddle. The result: a bull’s eye! At the end a triple wedding is in the offing!

In Haydn’s musical evocation of the surface of the moon, there are fragrant flowers and lush woodland instead of rocks and dust, birdsong and lyrically brilliant arias instead of silence. Haydn was internationally renowned for his operas all his life and was even invited to undertake spectacular journeys to England. No wonder, because this score by the wittiest composer of Viennese classical music is simply bursting with creativity and is perfect for becoming “moonstruck”!

Il mondo della luna

composer: Joseph Haydn, in 1777
libretto: Carlo Goldoni
conductor: Nikolaus Harnoncourt
director: Tobias Moretti
orchestra: Concentus Musicus Vienna ( N. Harnoncourt’s orchestra)
Premiere: Sat, 05.12.2009 – 7:00 p.m.

at “Theater an der Wien”

today, 200 years ago, on may 31, 1809


haydn by Andreas Roseneder

Haydn, modern view – by Andreas Roseneder

Today is the great Anniversary Day for Joseph Haydn! Exactly 200 years ago he died on may 31, 1809 in Vienna in the age of 77.
Among his last words was his attempt to calm and reassure his servants when cannon shot fell in the neighborhood. (The french army under Napoleon was in Vienna):  “My children, have no fear, for where Haydn is, no harm can fall.”
Two weeks later, a memorial service was held in the Schottenkirche on June 15, 1809, at which Mozart’s Requiem was performed. (Mozart died before Haydn, they met 1781 for the first time and stayed friends since Mozart died in 1791)

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The Anniversary Ceremonies in Eisenstadt began in the middle of the night: at 0.40 a.m. the bells of the Haydnchurch began to ring (it was the hour of Joseph Haydn’s death) and a commemoration was held there.
Todays further program:
at 9.00 a.m. Haydn’s “Schöpfungsmesse” (Creation Mass) is celebrated, with Bishop Dr. Paul Iby, the Hadnorchestra & Choir – (live in ORF)
at 11.00 a.m. Haydn’s “The Creation”, live in TV from the Haydnsaal, Esterhazy Castle: with The Austro-Hungarian Philharmonics under Adam Fischer, with the singer Anette Dasch and Thomas Quasthoff!!!

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“The Creation” was played to honour Joseph Haydn at his 76th birthday at the Old University Hall in Vienna on march 27, 1808. Joseph Haydn was there, Antonio Salieri was conducting, Beethoven kissed his hands, the audience was enthusiastic! In the front, sitting on a chair in the middle: Joseph Haydn. – Watercolor by Balthasar Wigand, who was also there.

– and here the (tv-)pictures from “the Creation”, live from Haydnsaal:

Thomas Quasthoff, Anette Dasch

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Anette Dasch & Thomas Quasthoff

Präsident Dr. Heinz Fischer, "The Creation" at Esterházy Castle

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I’ll celebrate this day and have a few thankfully thoughts on Haydn!

“Haydn explosive” – an extraordinary exhibition!

This weekend I visited the “Haydn explosive. A European career at the court of the Esterházy Princes”- exhibition of the Esterházy Foundation at Schloss Esterházy at Eisenstadt.
Whow!
The Impressions I got were beyond comprehension: so poignant and overwhelming! And too much for one visit! If you go there, take time – one hour is almost not enough, believe me! (Ofcourse I plan my next visits there!)

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The visitor’s experience starts right at the entrance and one does not know, where to go or look first: the wallpapers of Franz West, the expansive carpet of Roy Lichtenstein – both makes you suddenly feel that this exhibition is different!

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And you walk through the rooms and exhibits with the wide open eyes of a child and a certain explorer-attitude (this was definitely my impression!) to find out more about this genius Haydn and the influences around him today and yesterday!

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His relationship to the Esterházy-Dynasty, the age of his life and the effects of his works – all these things (and much more!)  are presented and documented as well with historical exponats as with contemporary works in a sensational well-founded and appealing way.

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Haydn, “pixeled”!

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Monitors in the walls present information in a diversified way.

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The explosion (videoinstallation) on the ceiling

is connecting the next (musical and visual) experience, the string quartet:haydnexplosiv013

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At least you go through the museum shop: books, Cds, ….. – it was too late for me to forage for things that might be interesting for me – because it was closing time! So I have to come once (or twice or …. ) more!

Opening times:
daily from 9 am to 6 pm
Sala Terrena, Esterházy
Palace, Eisenstadt

link Haydn Explosive-Exhibition

important events in the life of J.H.

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

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

(more about the art of Andreas Roseneder on his website)

11 January 1763: Premiere of Acide, in Eisenstadt, Austria.

16 September 1770: Premiere of Le Pescatrici, in Eszterháza, Hungary.
28 August 1775: Premiere of L’Incontro Improvviso, in Eszterháza, Hungary.
11 March 1791: Premiere of Symphony in D major Hob. I:96 “The Miracle”, in London, England.
7 July 1791: Premiere of Symphony in G major Hob. I:92 “Oxford”, in Oxford, England.
9 March 1792: Premiere of Symphony in B flat major Hob. I:105 “Concertante”, in London, England.
23 March 1792: Premiere of Symphony in G major Hob. I:94 “Surprise”, in London, England, with Haydn conducting.
31 March 1794: Premiere of Symphony in G major Hob. I:100 “Military”, in London, England, with Haydn conducting.
2 February 1795: Premiere of Symphony in B flat major Hob. I:102, in London, with Haydn conducting.
2 March 1795: Premiere of Symphony in E flat major, Hob I:103 “Drum roll”, in London, England.
4 May 1795: Premiere of symphony in D major Hob. I:104, in London, England.
29 April 1798: Premiere of Die Schöpfung (The Creation), in Vienna, Austria.
24 April 1801: Premiere of Die Jahreszeiten (The Seasons), in Vienna, Austria.
2 November 1873:
Premiere of Brahms’ Haydn Variations op. 56a, in Vienna, Austria, with Brahms conducting