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Joseph Haydn (31 March or 1 April 1732–31 May 1809) was a leading of the period, called the "Father of the " and "Father of the ".

The name "Franz" was not used in the composer's lifetime; scholars, along with an increasing number of music publishers and recording companies, now use the historically more accurate form of his name, rendered in English as "Joseph Haydn".

A life-long resident of Austria, Haydn spent… read more

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  • "Though his full name was "Franz Joseph Haydn", the name "Franz" was not used in the composer's lifetime, and the use of "Franz" when referencing him is avoided by scholars." (https://musicbrainz.org/artist/c130b0fb-5dce-449d-9f40-1437f889f7fe)
  • "Franz" Josef Haydn is just ridiculous. He never called himself like this & from all the many albums I own of him, not on one he is called "Franz" Joseph Haydn. - Just last.fm insists on it!

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