Joseph Haydn


Mehmet Okonsar

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Haydn the last sonatas

The Very Creative Classical Composer: Franz Joseph Haydn

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Extravaganza within the classical epoch may be an adequate adjective referring to Franz Joseph Haydn's style. The composer from Vienna, in the course of his last keyboard sonatas, recorded and released a short while ago by myself, never stops of impressing us.

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"Surprise" is not solely the surname of one of his symphonies. That approach is all through the musical works of this fabulous classical composer who was Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809). His last sonatas for the piano that I offered on CD present many examples.

Part of Haydn's formal mastery had been his famed sense of humor, his feeling for the unpredictable, elegant twist. In the Symphony n.94 ("Surprise") (1791), the musician tweaks those audience members who often get to sleep for the duration of slow movements with the unexpected, completely out-of-the-ordinary intrusion of an important fortissimo chord during the prevailing quietude.

Haydn's pictorial sense, on the other hand, is a whole lot in evidence in his epic oratorio "The Creation" (1796-1798), in which images of the cosmos are thrillingly, movingly portrayed in musical tones.

By one estimation, Haydn created some 340 hours of music, a lot more than Bach or Handel, Mozart or Ludwig van Beethoven. Not too many of these lack some unanticipated detail or wise solution to major formal problems.

Haydn's renowned "London symphonies", are viewed as the composer's marvelous accomplishments. They include such widely known works as the Symphony No.94 in G major,Symphony n.101 in D major, and next Symphony n.103 in E flat major.

"London symphonies" appeared to be developed on an absolute grand-scale more than any other Haydn had attempted. These also expose obviously the powerful effect of his friendship with the young Austrian composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. These two men had created the perfect friendship that considerably impressed the musical works of both.

Musically, the visits to England generated a bit of Haydn's best-known composition, which includes the "Surprise", "Military", "Drum-roll", and "London" symphonies. Additionally the "Rider" quatuor, and the "Gypsy Rondo" piano trio come from that time. The merely misstep in the adventure has been the opera, "Orfeo ed Euridice", at the same time called "l'Anima del Filosofo," that Haydn had been hired to compose, although whose public performance had been blocked by intrigues.

J. Haydn working in London made countless new acquaintances and had been involved for a particular amount of time in a major romantic bond with Rebecca Schroeter.

One of his friends in Vienna has been Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, whom Haydn had met someday about 1784. In accordance with a testimony by Michael Kelly and others, both composers sometimes played in string quartets together. F.J. Haydn had been hugely astounded with Mozart's compositions and lauded it unstintingly to others. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart plainly returned the respect, as seen within his dedication of a definite set of six quartets, now referred to as the "Haydn" quartets, to his friend.

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Mehmet Okonsar is a pianist-composer-conductor and musicologist. Besides his international concert career he is a prolific writer. Founder of the first classical music-musicology dedicated blog-site: "inventor-musicae" as well as the first classical-music video portal: "classical videos".

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