200 Years, Anniversary Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)

haydnmania: the 2009 anniversary

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an outstanding piece of J.H.-music, “jazzy”!

Famous international Jazz-musician Wynton Marsalis plays the Haydn Trumpet Concerto, with the English Chamber Orchestra conducted by Raymond Leppard.

who cares about the miserable image quality – when you’re able to listen to that?!!!

1st movement:

2nd movement:

3rd movement

CD Wynton Marsalis “Haydn: Three Favorite Concertos”
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“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

Gala concert with the prizewinners

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picture © “haydn explosive”, Esterházy Foundation

The “International Joseph Haydn Chamber Music Competition” organised by the University of Music in Vienna has been held ever since 2001. An eminent international jury elects the participants.

As a tribute to Haydn – the composer of genius – on the bicentenary of his death, the competition is being held a year early instead of retaining the triennial interval.

The 4th competition took place in Vienna from 15 to 23 April 2009, and the grand finale will be the galaconcert on friday, april 24 at Schloss Esterházy (Haydnsaal), Eisenstadt at 7.30 pm played by the prizewinners, organised by the Esterházy Private Foundation .

A novelty of this year’s anniversary competition will be the presentation of new compositions by the composition classes of the University of Music and the Performing Arts.

amendment:
the audience’s prize ( € 4.000,-) was won by the polish-german “Berolina Trio”
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Fotocredit: F.E. Familien-Privatstiftung Schloss Eisenstadt /APA-OTS/Peter Hautzinger.
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Fotocredit: F.E. Familien-Privatstiftung Schloss Eisenstadt /APA-OTS/Peter Hautzinger

a new orchid named “Joseph Haydn”

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© pressfoto: W.Simlinger for Haydn2009

This is the new beauty of orchids: the Phalaenopsis “Joseph Haydn”. Her grower is Alois Handlbauer (Linz, Austria).

Mentor for the naming act was Adam Fischer, conductor and founder of the Austrian Hungarian Haydn Philharmonic Orchestra and one of the most profound knower of Haydn and his work.

to immerse oneself into the Haydn era

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© Schloss Esterhazy Management, pressfoto

The “official” ehibition (by Burgenland governement) to the Haydn-Anniversary, “Phänomen Haydn” was opened. On 4 locations in Eisenstadt visitors can get an idea of Haydn’s era, the circumstances of his life & believe – if you like to immerse into a past era.

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©Haydn 2009, pressfoto by W.Simlinger
The exhibition has nothing to do with any contemporary view on Haydn’s work or life – just focused on the past.

More inspiring, modern and interesting for a nowadays contemporary view on Haydn is the exhibition of the former “employers” of Haydn, the Esterházys at their exhibition “Haydn explosiv”. More about that soon here!

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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