200 Years, Anniversary Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)

haydnmania: the 2009 anniversary

Archive for Rohrau

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!

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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

j.h. – young and gifted



Picture: Schloss Harrach, Rohrau, Austria:
1794, during Haydns lifetime, Count Harrach exhibited the first statue made of
Haydn in the park on the castle grounds in Rohrau – where Haydn spent his first five years.

Joseph Haydn about his father and his first encounters with music:
“My late father was a wheelwright by profession and a subject of Count Harrach (from nature a great connoisseur of music). Without reading a note of music he played the harp, and when I was a boy of five I could (sing) repeat all the tunes he played…”

All text taken from: Chapter 1. “Childhood” in the book:

“Joseph Haydn, Great Austrian Composer” incl. Audio-CD – recorded at Schloss Esterházy in Eisenstadt (at Haydnsaal & Empiresaal) with the famous Ensembles “Joseph-Haydn-Streichquartett”, the “Joseph Haydn-Brass”, the “Schloss-Trio Eisenstadt” and the “Esterházy-Ensemble”.

The book is available in 4 languages: german, english, chinese and japanese language!
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