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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." (
  • "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 insists on it!

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