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For the benefit of Mr. Kite There will be a show tonight on trampoline. The Hendersons will all be there Late of Pablo Fanques Fair, what a scene! Over men and horses, hoops and garters Lastly through a hogshead of real fire! John Lennon – 1967 When Lennon was inspired... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Haydn Seek
Hello, Robert, I don't have a date for that picture, however, obtaining it was simple: I Googled his name under 'Images' and came up with at least a dozen different copies of this same picture. Many of them were superior to this one in quality, all of them were claimed to be of 'James Parkinson'. The reason I chose this particular one is that it came with the copy of the title page of the essay, which made it ideal for my purposes. It's true, he died in 1824 and the first photos weren't available until 1839-40. Thus, I have no explanation. It could be an interesting field for investigation. Perhaps it is an early photo of an engraving of him? Regards, Gurn
King George III in 1792 by Thomas Lawrence Queen Charlotte in 1781 by Thomas Gainsborough On 1st February 1795, I was invited by the Prince of Wales to attend a musical soirée at the Duke of York's, which the King, the Queen, her whole family, the Duke of Orange &c.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2017 at Haydn Seek
Hob I: NC HRL Key Name Instruments 102 104 104 Bb The Real 'Miracle' 2 Flutes, 2 Oboes, 2 Bassoons, 2 Horns, 2 Trumpets, Timpani & Strings (Hoboken catalog N°s.) (New Chronology / Gerlach N°s.) (Robbins-Landon N°s.) Her Majesty's Theater in the Haymarket (also called The Italian Opera) by William... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2017 at Haydn Seek
The King's Theater (The London Opera) 1791 by John Bluck One thing (of many) I have had reinforced for me while immersing myself in Haydn's life and times is something which would stand true in any age and with any person, it just seems to play out this way with... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2017 at Haydn Seek
Hob. 1 No. NC HRL Key Instruments 102 104 104 Bb 2 Flutes, 2 Oboes, 2 Bassoons, 2 Horns, 2 Trumpets, Timpani & Strings (Hoboken catalog N°s.)1 (New Chronology / Gerlach N°s.) (Robbins-Landon N°s.) Hob. 16 No. Genre Key Lan. No. Notes 50 Grand Sonata C 60 for Therese Jansen... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2017 at Haydn Seek
Hob. 23 Nachtrag* Genre Voice Title Key Instrument a Sacred Song (Psalm) Chorus How oft, instinct with warmth divine F S - A - B & Piano Forte b Sacred Song (Psalm) Chorus Blest be the name of Jacob's God Eb 2 Violins & Cello c Sacred Song (Psalm) Chorus... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2016 at Haydn Seek
Hob. 26a # Genre Voice Name Key Tempo Style Poet Instrument 25 Canzonetta Soprano or Tenor The Mermaid's Song C Allegretto 2/4 Sea Song Anne Hunter Piano Forte 26 Recollection F Adagio 3/4 Elegy 27 A Pastoral Song A Allegretto 6/8 Pastoral 28 Despair E Adagio 3/4 Elegy 29 Pleasing... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2016 at Haydn Seek
Hob I: NC HRL Key Name Instruments 100 103 102 G Military 2 Flutes, 2 Oboes, 2 Clarinets in C, 2 Bassoons, 2 Horns in G & C basso, 2 Trumpets in C, Timpani, 'Turkish' Percussion & Strings (Hoboken catalog N°s.) (New Chronology / Gerlach N°s.) (Robbins-Landon N°s.) June 1794... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2016 at Haydn Seek
Haydn, 20 March, 1794 (Version B) George Dance the Younger Looking back from a 21st century perspective, it is often difficult to relate to the sensation Haydn caused in London, especially in 1794. The only modern equivalent is pop music, but even that doesn't quite work, since 'pop[ular]' really is... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2016 at Haydn Seek
Panorama of London from the roof of the Albion Mills - Robert Barker panel 3 of 6 It wasn't all Big City... Haydn would be 62 years of age at the end of March, 1794. Some argued he was too old to work and travel. None of them knew him,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2016 at Haydn Seek
Hob 3# Opus # Key New Grove Number Instrument(s) Notes 69 71 #1 Bb 54 2 Violins, Viola & Cello The first two were begun in 1792 and Haydn changed the dates on the manuscripts to 1793, most likely so all would be the same. The dedication to Count Apponyi... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2016 at Haydn Seek
Hob. 15# Genre Key Lan. No. Instrument(s) Notes 18 Keyboard Trio A 32 Keyboard, Violin & Cello Dedicated to Princess Maria Anna Hohenfeld-Esterházy 19 Keyboard Trio g 33 20 Keyboard Trio Bb 34 17:6 Andante & Variations f Solo Keyboard Composed for Antonia von Ployer A Broadwood nameplate: Note the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2016 at Haydn Seek
Beethoven in 1801, the earliest painting of him as an adult "I never learned anything from Haydn", Beethoven is said to have told his friend, Ferdinand Ries. So begins one of the most commonly told anecdotes in the history of music. But is it true? From our perspective in 2016,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2016 at Haydn Seek
The Neumarkt (New Market Square) in Vienna - mid 1790's One of the interesting aspects of how England thought of Haydn is well illuminated in the expectations which opened up 1793. While 60 may be the new 40 in 2016, in 1793 Haydn would have been considered to have reached... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2016 at Haydn Seek
You are most welcome. I understand how difficult it is to find any information, especially on things that aren't the London Symphonies! There is a link on the right side to a page called 'Sunrise Over Hoboken' which explains the numbering system overall, but specifically deals with Hoboken II and the issues involved in figuring those out. If you already saw it and it didn't answer your questions, please email me and let me know some specific things and I will do my best to find an answer. Thanks again, Mike
The Battle of Valmy (20 September, 1792) by Jean Baptiste Mauzaisse As Haydn wrote back in 1773: Tempora mutantur. Times change. In 2013, three years ago this week, this blog began as a chronological series of random jottings. Not quite aimless, of course, it followed 'time's arrow' above all other... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2016 at Haydn Seek
Franz II in his Coronation Robes by Leopold Kupelwieser One of the most interesting things about being a student of Haydn, besides the great music, is getting to see all the different people he knew and was influenced by, or equally, who were influenced by him. It is a Who's... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2016 at Haydn Seek
Haydn / Hardy in the style of Warhol Minnesota Dave (2016) One of the things I have really enjoyed during our all-too-brief sojourn in England is the abundance of visual aids available to help us to feature many of the things which Haydn notes down. So in this essay, the... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2016 at Haydn Seek
Hob 3Ia Genre Instruments 1 – 100 Full listing Harmonizations of Scottish National Airs for William Napier Violin & Continuo (pianoforte and cello) Robert Burns by Alexander Nasmyth (1828) Of all the sundry and various parts of Haydn's immense oeuvre, there is perhaps no segment more misunderstood, and dare I... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2016 at Haydn Seek
Hob # Genre Key Name Instruments I:105 Sinfonia concertante Bb Solo Violin, Cello, Oboe & Bassoon with Flute, 2 Oboes, 2 Bassoons, 2 Horns, 2 Trumpets, Timpani & Strings 24a:08 Madrigal d The Storm S-A-T-B Chorus, 2 Flutes, 2 Oboes, 2 Bassoons & Strings The Halifax Church Choir practising at... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2016 at Haydn Seek
Schroeter House / Hanover Square / Haydn's Rooms Mogg's Map of London, 1806 The other day, while I was looking at some documents for another essay, I was reminded that nearly all of the letters I have to or from Haydn, those which concern anything but business, are addressed to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2016 at Haydn Seek
Panorama from the roof of the Albion Mills Robert Barker (1792) There has never been a doubt; as great as Haydn's oeuvre is, it is the symphony which was, and still is, his calling card, worldwide. Twenty years earlier, it was the symphony which made him known and famous in... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2016 at Haydn Seek
Hanover Square (1787) The Rooms are left, center, background. Engraving by Edward Dayes 5 January, 1792 – the Public Advertiser Haydn and Pleyel are to be pitted against each other this season: and the supporters of each are violent partisans. As both these composers are men of first-rate talents, it... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2016 at Haydn Seek
Judging by the number of times they have been read, my earlier essays in this series have been quite popular, so I have been amazingly lax in moving this project forward. I plead guilty as charged, but there is a reason; I have been too busy working with these books... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2016 at Haydn Seek