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The Life of Haydn


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Preface; 1. God and country; 2. Serving princes: images of Haydn: 1776; 3. Italian opera at Eszterhaza; 4. 'My misfortune is that I live in the country': images of Haydn: 1790; 5. London-Vienna-London; 6. Viennese composer, European composer; 7. 'Gone is all my strength': images of Haydn: 1809.

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Presenting a fresh picture of Haydn's life and work, this biography captures all the complexities and contradictions of the composer's long career.

About the Author

David Wyn Jones is Professor of Music and Head of School at Cardiff University and has written extensively on music and musical life in the Classical Period. He is the author of The Symphony in Beethoven's Vienna (2006), The Life of Beethoven (1998), Beethoven: The Pastoral Symphony (1996) and is the editor of Music in Eighteenth-Century Austria (1996), all published by Cambridge University Press. His Companion to Haydn (2002) was awarded the C. B. Oldman Prize by IAML UK. He has contributed to several programmes on BBC Radio 3 and Radio 4.


"The author provides an accessible, insightful, and sympathetically humanistic portrait of the day-to-day existence of the man, bringing to light commonplace practical matters of the life of a musician in the 18th century." --Choice
"Jones' concise biography of Franz Joseph Haydn incorporates material discovered in the last thirty years and dwells on his life..." -- The Opera Journal

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