Franz Joseph Haydn: “(born March 31, 1732, Rohrau, Austria—died May 31, 1809, Vienna), [was an] Austrian composer who was one of the most important figures in the development of the Classical style in music during the 18th century.”
On this Thursday, March 31, 2022 we say Happy 290th Birthday to this giant of classical music.
Franz Joseph “Papa” Haydn was one of the most important pioneers in the development of classical music. He was the creator of the classical symphony. He gave the future great masters much to study from as he wrote an amazing 104 classical symphonies. That is not all. This great composer did in the development of classical music. He also developed the sonata style of composition [exposition, development, recapitulation] that became a staple of composers of classical music.
Papa Haydn also was a leader in developing the string quartet. He was prolific in his string quartets and it led the way to the great string quartets from the masters that followed Haydn’s lead.
With all of these influences Haydn had on the development of classical music, it is no wonder most lovers of classical music will include him in their top echelon of composers.
In my opinion, only JS Bach had as much or maybe more influence in the development of music as Franz Joseph Haydn. So, is it just a coincidence or the hand of God that both Bach and Haydn share the same birthday, March 31. Please check out this post celebrating Bach’s birthday.
Without further ado, please turn up the volume and enjoy some amazing music from one of the greatest influences in the development of classical music, Franz Joseph Haydn.
F.J. Haydn: String Quartet #62 in C Major “Emperor”, movement 2, poco adagio, cantabile, theme and variations:
F.J. Haydn: Cello Concerto #2 in D Major:
F.J. Haydn: Trumpet Concerto in E Flat Major, Movement 3, Allegro:
F.J. Haydn: Symphony #104 in D Major, “London”:
F.J. Haydn: Piano Concerto in D Major:
Happy Birthday “Papa” Haydn!