200 Years, Anniversary Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)

haydnmania: the 2009 anniversary

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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.

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the Haydn-podcast

Austria’s cultural Broadcasting Station “Ö1” offers a “Haydn-Podcast”: documenting Joseph Haydn’s stations in life.
You may follow Joseph Haydn’s journey through Europe in 44 parts during the anniversary-year 2009.
– here the iTunes-Podcast-link “Seeking Haydn”

Guardian’s author Stephen Moss on his “Haydn-Tripp”

An interesting story about his tripp to discover Haydn and “Haydn-Land” wrote Stephen Moss on january 1st 2009 for the “Guardian”.
An article about the “exclusivity” of Haydn – in comparison to Mozart and Beethoven.

– read the article here

– have a look on his pictures here

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

screaming ladies?…!

Haydn in London:

picture: George Prince of Wales was one of Haydn’s greatest admirers. He played the cello …

While composing his so-called “Surprise Symphony” (the 94th), Haydn relished the prospect of revealing the surprise: “That,” he explained, “will make the ladies scream!”

In German the 94th is more often referred to as the Symphony “mit dem Paukenschlag” (original) /  “with the kettledrum stroke” (engl. translation). It is the 2nd of the twelve so called London-Symphonies. The surprise was the sudden, unexpected loud chord theme…

“…it was my wish to surprise the public with something new…” Joesph Haydn

Oh Joe, sometimes I wished that some of your nowadays colleagues of you act in a similar way!!!

the answer to “poll #1: who said this?”

√ Joseph Haydn !
was the correct answer!

The story behind:

First, after having been granted an extended leave of absence from service at the Esterházy court, and having moved to Vienna at the end of 1790, at the age of 58 Joseph Haydn found himself in the position of a musician free to do as he pleased at the beginning of a possibliy long-planned personal career where he would earn his own way. The violonist Johann Peter Salomon invited him to do a concert series in England and Haydn seized the oppotunity at once. [ from the book “Joseph Haydn. Great Austrian Composer”]


Johann Peter Salomon (1745 – 1815),
painted by Thomas Hardy, London 1792
(picture from wikimedia commons)

For 5000 guilders, Haydn agreed to compose 27 pieces for London concert manager Johann Peter Salomon and to have them performed in concerts, conducting them himself. When Mozart expressed reservations that Haydn did not even speak English, he said:
“Meine Sprache verstehet die ganze Welt!” (original)
“My language is understood throughout the world!”(translation)
.
Looking back, Haydn often said the years in England (1791 – 1792, 1794 – 1795) were the happiest of his life. During those years Haydn reached the zenith of his fame.