Presenting a fresh picture of the life and work of Joseph Haydn, this biography captures all the complexities and contradictions of the composer's long career. In his lifetime Haydn achieved a degree of fame that easily surpassed that of Mozart and Beethoven. Later his historical significance was more restricted, regarded exclusively as the composer who first recognised the potential of the symphony and the quartet. However, Haydn had also composed operas, oratorios and church music with similar enthusiasm and self-regard. Too easily buttonholed as a Viennese composer, he interacted consistently with the musical life of Vienna only during the earliest and latest periods of his life; London was at least as important in fashioning the composer's fame and legacy. To counter the genial view of the composer, this biography probes the darker side of Haydn's personality, his commercial opportunism and double dealing, his penny-pinching and his troubled marriage.
David Wyn Jones is Professor of Music and Head of School at Cardiff University and has written extensively on music and musical life in the Classical Period. He is the author of The Symphony in Beethoven's Vienna (2006), The Life of Beethoven (1998), Beethoven: The Pastoral Symphony (1996) and is the editor of Music in Eighteenth-Century Austria (1996), all published by Cambridge University Press. His Companion to Haydn (2002) was awarded the C. B. Oldman Prize by IAML UK. He has contributed to several programmes on BBC Radio 3 and Radio 4.
Preface; 1. God and country; 2. Serving princes: images of Haydn: 1776; 3. Italian opera at Eszterhaza; 4. 'My misfortune is that I live in the country': images of Haydn: 1790; 5. London-Vienna-London; 6. Viennese composer, European composer; 7. 'Gone is all my strength': images of Haydn: 1809.