Franz Josef Haydn

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Some days, it really seems like everybody who came after him was just sort of thrashing about, maybe doing great stuff sometimes, sure, but never with the grace and elegance and economy and style of the guy who can lay claim to the "Father of the Symphony" title. Today is one of those days for me. Everybody show love to Franz Josef, because he is that dude.

Just one thing I was thinking about as I was getting on the copter (J0hn D.), Thursday, 16 April 2009 15:31 (eight years ago) Permalink

"The Creation": badass

I can sit in my car all day, and that doesn't make me a car. (HI DERE), Thursday, 16 April 2009 15:34 (eight years ago) Permalink

dan otm

moe greene dolphin street (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 16 April 2009 15:39 (eight years ago) Permalink

i go back and forth on fjh, but when he hits the spot, and it'll usually be with a string quartet or a symphony, yeah, he seems like the only thing. the fact he recognised mozart was greater than him is to his credit too.

Haydn died at the end of May in 1809, shortly after an attack on Vienna by the French army under Napoleon. He was 77. Among his last words was his attempt to calm and reassure his servants when cannon shot fell in the neighborhood (Geiringer 1982, p. 189). "My children, have no fear, for where Haydn is, no harm can fall." Two weeks later, a memorial service was held in the Schottenkirche on June 15, 1809, at which Mozart's Requiem was performed.

Henry Frog (Frogman Henry), Thursday, 16 April 2009 18:09 (eight years ago) Permalink

I'm a fan. John D. otm: His music rarely seems Great in the accepted grandiose, lapel-grabbing sense, but it's consistently wonderful.

DLee, Friday, 17 April 2009 20:44 (eight years ago) Permalink

Bam - bam - bam - bam - bam - bam - bam
Bam - bam - bam - bam - bam - bam - bam
Bam - bam - bam - bam - bam - bam - bam
Ta - ta - ta - ta - ta - taa BAAAAAM!!!

Classic for that one alone. And great trumpet concerto too :)

Geir Hongro, Saturday, 18 April 2009 01:38 (eight years ago) Permalink

Looks like Mostly Mozart is doing The Creation this year.

moe greene dolphin street (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 22 April 2009 19:41 (eight years ago) Permalink

Bam - bam - bam - bam - bam - bam - bam
Bam - bam - bam - bam - bam - bam - bam
Bam - bam - bam - bam - bam - bam - bam
Ta - ta - ta - ta - ta - taa BAAAAAM!!!

is this Hayden or Westbam

I can sit in my car all day, and that doesn't make me a car. (HI DERE), Wednesday, 22 April 2009 20:00 (eight years ago) Permalink

I have definitely had similar thoughts about classical music after Haydn. Chopin, though, was a profound exception to any negative general perceptions that one might make about Romantic music. And I do think that Chopin's respect for some of his contemporaries and immediate precursors (Beethoven, Weber, Mendelssohn) is, at the very least on a structural and theoretical basis, notable.

timellison, Tuesday, 28 April 2009 17:58 (eight years ago) Permalink

is this Hayden or Westbam

It's Haydn, his 94th symphony, more known as "Surprise". :)

Geir Hongro, Tuesday, 28 April 2009 22:13 (eight years ago) Permalink

four weeks pass...

This is incredible:

http://harmoniamundi.com/Publish/album/1362/2961994_G.jpg

worm? lol (J0hn D.), Tuesday, 26 May 2009 13:19 (eight years ago) Permalink

LOL WikiAnswers:

Q: was joseph haydn black?
A: No. He was born in Austria.

Dante ... Bruno . Vico .. Passantino (Tom D.), Tuesday, 26 May 2009 13:26 (eight years ago) Permalink

hahahaha

worm? lol (J0hn D.), Tuesday, 26 May 2009 13:28 (eight years ago) Permalink

according to the documentary i watched over the weekend, haydn and mozart both used fortepianos made with wood from the same tree

a somnambulist in an ambulance (r1o natsume), Tuesday, 26 May 2009 14:09 (eight years ago) Permalink

And that tree was Goethe's beloved Gingko tree.

barney kestrel (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 26 May 2009 14:22 (eight years ago) Permalink

according to the documentary i watched over the weekend, haydn and mozart both used fortepianos made with wood from the same tree

please to identify said documentary by name! thx

worm? lol (J0hn D.), Tuesday, 26 May 2009 14:46 (eight years ago) Permalink

stream here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00kfqgq

they talk about the fortepiano at around 38 minutes

a somnambulist in an ambulance (r1o natsume), Tuesday, 26 May 2009 14:51 (eight years ago) Permalink

(you'll need to skip forward to episode 3)

a somnambulist in an ambulance (r1o natsume), Tuesday, 26 May 2009 14:53 (eight years ago) Permalink

He would own that "preposterously Prolific" poll.

M.V., Tuesday, 26 May 2009 15:07 (eight years ago) Permalink

four months pass...

if you start your day with the Alain Planes Sonatas Vol. 2 pictured above, you will feel instantly great about how your day is goin'

just so you know

a full circle lol (J0hn D.), Wednesday, 30 September 2009 12:36 (seven years ago) Permalink

i've been listening to his piano stuff all week. well, him and chopin. in the mood for some piano, i guess.

scott seward, Wednesday, 30 September 2009 12:50 (seven years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

On March 27th went to see the Belcea Quartet at Lincoln Center-- main impetus for my attendance was Beethoven's op. 130 quartet with the Great Fugue in its proper place as its finale. But the opening Haydn quartet-- Op. 77 no. 1 -- stole the show. Absolutely killed me. Kicked off a week of nonstop Haydn listening which is now turning into 2 weeks. Highlights:

Florestan Trio performing FJH's piano Trios on Hyperion -- kick ass.

Bernstein/NYPO's set of the "Paris" symphonies-- yes, finally a version of these that hits me the way it always seemed thay should (Kuijken didn't do it, Sanderling didn't do it, Marriner didn't do it).

Live radio recital by Deszo Ranki from Hungary 2009 of four Piano Sonatas-- effortlessly, mysteriously dead on target. My late friend Manuel was right about Ranki. His radio recitals will be passed around 30 years from now the way Richter's are today.

Quartets, quartets, quartets. Quatuor Mosaiques, the Leipzig String Quartet, the Tatrai Quartet, the Lindsays. Have to try not to imbibe too many of these but really digest them instead. Focussing on Op. 77, 50, and 76 for starters.

The Belcea Quartet, to my annoyance, have not recorded Op. 77 no. 1. But the concert I saw on the 27th was recorded for broadcast, so hopefully one of my webcast-capturing CM friends will record it.

FJH is seriously getting me through some of the worst weeks within memory.

how do I Mothman a ho? (Jon Lewis), Monday, 4 April 2011 19:33 (six years ago) Permalink

i still like the aeolian quartets from the 70s. which are amazing. and will take me 20 years to hear all of.

j., Tuesday, 5 April 2011 07:41 (six years ago) Permalink

three years pass...

everybody who came after him was just sort of thrashing about, maybe doing great stuff sometimes, sure, but never with the grace and elegance and economy and style

j., Sunday, 11 May 2014 18:33 (three years ago) Permalink

huh, i didn't realize derek simpson from the aeolian quartet was also part of the 'eleanor rigby' octet

j., Sunday, 11 May 2014 18:40 (three years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

http://www.haydn107.com/index.php?id=1&lng=2

this is some v. nice work

i have measured out my life in Goffey, Coombes (Noodle Vague), Saturday, 16 January 2016 17:32 (one year ago) Permalink

one year passes...

god

example (crüt), Friday, 3 February 2017 00:33 (four months ago) Permalink

i can't express how amazing his string quartets are 2 me

example (crüt), Friday, 3 February 2017 00:33 (four months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

otm

though the tempest rages, (Joan Crawford Loves Chachi), Thursday, 16 March 2017 12:16 (three months ago) Permalink

For the string quartets, I alternate between the Alban Berg Quartett on modern instruments and the Quatuor Mosaïques when I'm in the mood for a more historicist sound.

The piano sonatas merit attention as well. I got acquainted with them via Jean-Efflam Bavouzet's remarkably thorough interpretations. The Variations in F minor, although not a sonata, strike me as the highlight.

pomenitul, Thursday, 16 March 2017 14:06 (three months ago) Permalink

My local HMV has the Takacs Quartet recording for a few quid (string quartets) - can anyone recommend?

millmeister, Thursday, 16 March 2017 14:59 (three months ago) Permalink

Their second recording of Bartók's quartets is a desert island disc as far as I'm concerned, but I'm not too fond of their forays into pre-20th century material, so I'd check out Mosaïques or the ABQ first if I were you.

pomenitul, Thursday, 16 March 2017 16:46 (three months ago) Permalink

Jerusalem Quartet's couple of Haydn discs on Harmonia Mundi are wonderful, too

chip n dale recuse rangers (Jon not Jon), Thursday, 16 March 2017 16:49 (three months ago) Permalink

Thanks both, will investigate.
On a separate note, I've been enjoying the Piano Trios a lot - very melodic. The disk I have is performed by the Bayeux Arts Trio.

millmeister, Friday, 17 March 2017 11:50 (three months ago) Permalink


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