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Haydn   By: (1816-1914)

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Haydn by J. Cuthbert Hadden is a captivating biography that sheds light on the life and works of one of classical music's most influential composers. Throughout the book, Hadden skillfully presents Haydn's journey, showcasing his artistic development and the profound impact he had on the world of music.

The author's extensive research is evident, as he meticulously constructs a comprehensive narrative of Haydn's life, from his humble beginnings in a small Austrian village to his rise as a prominent figure in the Habsburg court. Hadden delves into the composer's early struggles and provides insightful analysis of the compositional techniques that eventually propelled Haydn to the forefront of the classical music scene.

What sets this biography apart is Hadden's ability to contextualize Haydn's works within the social and historical backdrop of his time. By incorporating anecdotes and historical events, the author paints a vivid picture of the societal influences that shaped Haydn's compositions. Whether it be the repercussions of the French Revolution or the Enlightenment ideals permeating Vienna's intellectual circles, Hadden demonstrates how these external factors impacted Haydn's creative process and ultimately led to the evolution of his unique musical style.

Hadden's writing style is engaging and accessible, making this biography an enjoyable read for both music enthusiasts and casual readers. The author's passion for his subject matter is palpable, as he navigates through the complexities of Haydn's personal life, his relationships, and his intricate compositions. Through Hadden's detailed descriptions and analyses, readers gain a deeper understanding of Haydn's music, allowing them to appreciate the composer's genius on a more profound level.

Additionally, the book includes a collection of anecdotes and testimonies from Haydn's contemporaries, further enriching the narrative and providing readers with fresh perspectives on the composer's life. These firsthand accounts add depth and credibility to the biography, highlighting the impact Haydn had not only on music but also on the individuals who crossed his path.

While Haydn's life and works have been explored in numerous other biographies, J. Cuthbert Hadden's portrayal stands out for its meticulous attention to detail and the author's ability to convey the true essence of the composer. This biography serves as a prime resource for anyone seeking a comprehensive understanding of Haydn's life and legacy.

In conclusion, Haydn by J. Cuthbert Hadden is an enthralling journey through the life and works of one of music history's most significant composers. With impeccable research and insightful analysis, Hadden presents a masterful portrayal of Haydn's personal and artistic journey, providing readers with an unparalleled understanding of this musical genius. Whether you are a passionate classical music enthusiast or simply curious about one of history's greatest composers, this biography is an absolute must-read.

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By J. Cuthbert Hadden



Chapter I: Birth Ancestry Early Years Chapter II: Vienna 1750 1760 Chapter III: Eisenstadt 1761 1766 Chapter IV: Esterhaz 1766 1790 Chapter V: First London Visit 1791 1792 Chapter VI: Second London Visit 1794 1795 Chapter VII: "The Creation" and "The Seasons" Chapter VIII: Last Years Chapter IX: Haydn, the Man Chapter X: Haydn, the Composer Appendix A: Haydn's Last Will and Testament Appendix B: Catalogue of Works Appendix C: Bibliography Appendix D: Haydn's Brothers Appendix E: A Selection of Haydn's Letters



To The Rev. Robert Blair, D.D. In Grateful Acknowledgment of Many Kindnesses and Much Pleasant Intercourse


The authority for Haydn's life is the biography begun by the late Dr Pohl, and completed after his death by E.V. Mandyczewski. To this work, as yet untranslated, every subsequent writer is necessarily indebted, and the present volume, which I may fairly claim to be the fullest life of Haydn that has so far appeared in English, is largely based upon Pohl... Continue reading book >>

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