Music Appreciation – Classic Era Composers 1750-1820

Hey everybody we are getting to my favorite composers: Mozart, Beethoven and Haydn. Beethoven and Mozart are fantastic! Haydn is okay, but I’m not in love with his music as much as the other two. So let’s start with him.

HaydnFranz Joseph Haydn, 31 March 1732 – 31 May 1809, known as Joseph Haydn, was one of the most prominent and prolific composers of the Classical period. He was instrumental in the development of chamber music such as the piano trio and his contributions to musical form have earned him the epithets “Father of the Symphony” and “Father of the String Quartet”.

A lifelong resident of Austria, Haydn spent much of his career as a court musician for the wealthy Esterházy family at their remote estate. This isolated him from other composers and trends in music until the later part of his life, when he was, as he put it, “forced to become original”. At the time of his death, aged 77, he was one of the most celebrated composers in Europe.

Doesn’t he look presidential? He looks like our first presidents. To learn more about Haydn, click here.

Download the easy version of Surprise Symphony here.

Here is a link to the orchestral version of Surprise Symphony.

III Finale: Presto
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