German composer who settled in England

Composers' Lexicon Joseph Haydn - With a bang and a parrot

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Joseph Haydn was a genius and his music is cutting edge. You don't have to go to a concert to hear them. It is enough if you watch a football broadcast with the German national team on television.

From: Uta Sailer

Status: 01/14/2018 | archive

Haydn's favorite melody is played every time the national soccer team plays: the German national anthem. Of course, he didn't compose it for the German soccer team. No, Haydn wrote it for the Austrian Emperor Franz himself - for his birthday! And the emperor was so touched that he immediately started crying ... Sure, Haydn was happy!

In addition to this famous melody, Joseph Haydn wrote 104 symphonies, many piano pieces, chamber music, operas and songs. Joseph Haydn lived in Austria from 1732-1809. Joseph Haydn worked most of his life for the Esterházy princely family who lived near Vienna. Although Haydn rarely traveled, his music soon became known far beyond Vienna. Haydn lived for some time in London and was celebrated there - to his amazement. The composer was already a celebrity during his lifetime.

From Vienna to London - all over the world!

In addition to this famous melody, Joseph Haydn wrote 104 symphonies, many piano pieces, chamber music, operas and songs. Joseph Haydn lived in Austria from 1732-1809. Joseph Haydn worked for most of his life for the Esterházy princely family who lived near Vienna. Although Haydn rarely traveled, his music soon became known far beyond Vienna. Haydn lived for some time in London and was celebrated there - to his amazement. The composer was already a celebrity during his lifetime. Haydn's melody from the "symphony with the bang" is still a hit today! Allegedly he composed the bang in it so that his slumbering London concert-goers woke up in shock!

Haydn - a funny bird

And something else that almost no one knows and is at least as great: Haydn was a real rascal and quite often caused a stir. In one concert, for example, he asked the musicians that everyone should play at once. How that sounded! Or once, all of a sudden, he imitated the twittering of birds in front of the Austrian Empress, so that the Empress was very frightened.