Franz Josef Haydn

(1732 - 1809)
Franz Joseph Haydn was the most famous composer of his time. He helped develop new musical forms, like the string quartet and the symphony. In fact, even though he didn't invent it, Haydn is known as the "Father of the Symphony." Haydn was born in the tiny Austrian town of Rohrau. When he was 8, Joseph went to Vienna to sing in the choir at St. Stephen's Cathedral and to attend the choir school. His younger brother Michael joined him a short time later. At first, Haydn struggled to earn a living as a composer but soon found a position powerful Esterhazy family. His role was to write music for the Esterhazy princes and to conduct their orchestra. Haydn composed symphonies, operas and string quartets for performance at the Esterhazy court. Haydn was also fiscally aware as music publishing made him and his music famous all over Europe. After he retired from working for the Esterhazy family, Haydn made two very successful trips to England, where he was well received by audiences.

Franz Josef Haydn Composition Timpani and Percussion Requirements

Military Symphony

Int'l 29/26 Prem 30/28
3 percussion
Triangle, orchestral bass drum, clash cymbals

The Seasons

Timpani + 2 percussion
Triangle, tambourine

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