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And She Shall Be Called Woman by William Blake ca. 1803 In the last essay, we saw how a libretto by Charles Jennens, intended for Handel in London, may have ended up finally being set forty-five years later by Haydn in Vienna. While we will never know for sure, since... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2018 at Haydn Seek
Of all Haydn's works, indeed, of all the many works of music produced in the 18th century, scarcely any has had more ink spilt on it than Die Schöpfung, Haydn's The Creation. There are so many aspects of it which retain their air of both mystery and musico-sociological interest, that... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2018 at Haydn Seek
One of Schikaneder's drawings of the premiere of the Magic Flute at the Theatre auf der Wieden 1798. On 31 March, Haydn will be 66 years old. He is not wealthy, but he is comfortably well off. He is well-known and popular throughout Europe and much of the New World... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2018 at Haydn Seek
The New English Gardens at Eisenstadt by AC Dies - Perhaps this is when and where Haydn met Dies? I end every essay with "Thanks for reading!". Why? Every June, when the anniversary of beginning this blog rolls around, I stop and consider what modest aspirations I had for it... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2018 at Haydn Seek
Hob. 3 No. Opus No. Key New Grove No. Instruments Notes 75 76 #1 G 60 2 Violins, Viola & Cello The 'Erdödy Quartets' Published in 1799 in London & Vienna 76 76 #2 d 61 77 76 #3 C 62 78 76 #4 Bb 63 79 76 #5 D... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2018 at Haydn Seek
Thanks to the Haydn Society of Great Britain for permission to republish this essay here. Joseph Haydn by Ludwig Gottenbrun ca 1770 One thing which seems to dominate all the arts in eighteenth century Germanic lands, to the point of being a hallmark of sorts, is the notion that if... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2018 at Haydn Seek
Hob. No. Genre Key Title Instruments 24a:deest Lied with Orchestra G Gott erhalte Franz den Kaiser! Chorus, Flute, 2 Oboes, 2 Bassoons, 2 Horns in G, 2 Trumpets in C, Timpani in G & D & Strings 26a:43 Lied / Song G Gott erhalte den Kaiser! Keyboard 17a:deest Theme &... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2018 at Haydn Seek
Haydn's autograph of the Lied version of the Anthem [To HAYDN FROM ANTONIO SALIERI AND PAUL WRANIZKY, on behalf of the Tonkünstler-Societät, VIENNA. in German] To Herr Joseph Hayden, Capellmeister to His Serene Highness Prince Esterhazy. Most esteemed Hon. Capellmeister! You must and should rightly be accustomed to hearing the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2018 at Haydn Seek
Hob. 25a Genre Key Voice Title Instruments Libretto 25a:1 Italian Duet F Soprano & Tenor Guarda qui, che lo vedra Fortepiano Carlo Francesco Badini 25a:2 G Saper vorrei se m'ami Hob. Genre Key Name Instruments/Voices 22:09 Catholic Mass C Missa in Tempore Belli (Mass in Time of War) OR Paukenmesse... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2018 at Haydn Seek
Hob. No. Genre Libretto Name Instruments/Voices 30:5a Incidental music adapted from a play by Alexander Bicknell: The Patriotic King OR Alfred & Elvida – translated into German by J.W. Cowmeadow Alfred, König der Angelsachsen Triumph of the Danes (Chorus) 3 Voices, 2 Oboes, 2 Bassoons, 2 Trumpets, Timpani, Strings 30:5b... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2017 at Haydn Seek
Hob. No. Genre Key Title Voice Instruments Libretto 25b:1-4 Partsongs See table below 3 voices – var. Fortepiano continuo See table below 25c:1-9 Partsongs 4 voices - S-A-T-B Fortepiano continuo (but fully composed in #6-9) Haydn's original autograph manuscript Aus des Ramlers Lyrischer Blumenlese In die Music gesetzt von Jos.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2017 at Haydn Seek
Hob. No. Genre Libretto Name Instruments/Voices 20:02 Oratorio Words arranged by Gottfried van Swieten The Seven Last Words of Christ from the Cross S-A-T-B, Chorus, 2 Flutes, 2 Oboes, 2 Clarinets, 2 Bassoons, Contrabassoon, 2 Horns, 2 Trumpets, 2 Trombones, Timpani & Strings The Crucifixion Hieronymus Bosch ca 1485 At... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2017 at Haydn Seek
Jeremy, Very pleased that you have enjoyed my efforts here. As you know, there is always a long way to go when trying to cover all of Haydn! But your information is greatly appreciated, and I will certainly hunt down that recording. Filling in these little blanks is a delight for me! Thanks, and best regards, Gurn
Hob. 15 No. Landon No. Key Genre Instruments Note 30 42 Eb Accompanied Sonata (Keyboard Trio) Fortepiano, Violin & Cello for Breitkopf & Härtel 27 43 C for Therese Jansen-Bartolozzi 28 44 E 29 45 Eb Domestic music making, ala James Gillray When we were preparing to leave London and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2017 at Haydn Seek
You are most welcome, Ray. As you see, some progress has been made since this 'Welcome' page was written, but still a long way to go. When I started, I was like you, looking for a little info. Amazing how much there was to learn. Hope you enjoy your time here. Feel free to comment, question, correct, etc, any time.
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Haydn in 1792 by Thomas Hardy Keeping up with Haydn in the 1790's can be a real challenge. We think we know all he did, but in fact, we only know what he wrote down or else told his later biographers about, and caught up in there are, on the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2017 at Haydn Seek
Hob Genre Key Instruments 7e:1 Concerto Eb Keyed Trumpet, 2 Flutes, 2 Oboes, 2 Bassoons, 2 Horns, 2 Trumpets, Timpani & Strings The World Première of the Concerto for Organized Trumpet Do you like to let your mind wander to relive certain points in time, sometimes major game-changers, other times... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2017 at Haydn Seek
Marie Hermenegild Esterházy by Elisabeth Vigée-Lebrun Maybe you are like me in some ways. If so, you would have got home from the arduous London years, back to Vienna and gone to visit your tribute monument at your birthplace, put your money in the bank and started working on the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2017 at Haydn Seek
Hamburg in 1811 by J.M. David Haydn counted the days he spent in England among the happiest of his life. He was universally respected there, a new world was opened up to him, and he was enabled by generous profits at last to pull out of the limited circumstances in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2017 at Haydn Seek
London Bridge, Monument & Church of St Magnus J.M.W. Turner c 1795 It has certainly been a busy four and a half years. Given that Haydn was in his fifty-ninth year when the Prince died in September of 1790, and when he said his final good bye to his friend... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2017 at Haydn Seek
Hob. 15# Genre Key Lan. No. Instrument(s) Notes 24 Accompanied Sonata D 38 Pianoforte, Violin & Cello Dedicated to Rebecca Schröter 25 G 39 26 f# 40 31 eb 41 'Jacob's Dream' - a gift for Therese Jansen Bartolozzi Hob. 31a# Genre Complete Listing Voice 101-150 Scottish National Song Full... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2017 at Haydn Seek
Hob. 08# Genre Key Name Instruments 01 March Eb Derbyshire #1 2 Clarinets, 2 Bassoons, 2 Horns, Trumpet & Serpent 02 March C Derbyshire #2 2 Clarinets, 2 Bassoons, 2 Horns, Trumpet & Serpent Hob. 26a# Genre Key Title Voice 31 Canzonetta A Sailor's Song Soprano or Tenor w/Keyboard 32... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2017 at Haydn Seek
Hob No. NC HRL Key Name Instruments I:103 105 105 Eb Drumroll 2 Flutes, 2 Oboes, 2 Clarinets in Bb, 2 Bassoons, 2 Horns in Eb & C, 2 Trumpets in Eb & C, Timpani & Strings I:104 106 106 D London 2 Flutes, 2 Oboes, 2 Clarinets, 2 Bassoons,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2017 at Haydn Seek
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 Mar 19, 2017 at Haydn Seek
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