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Michael Haydn (1737-1806) was an Austrian composer of the classical period.

Haydn was born on 14th September 1737 in the Austrian village of Rohrau near the Hungarian border. Michael Haydn, like his brother Joseph, was a chorister at St Stephen’s in Vienna. Shortly after leaving the choir-school, he was appointed Kapellmeister at Großwardein and later, in 1762, at Salzburg. The latter office he held for forty-three years, during which time he wrote over 360 compositions for the church and much instrumental music. He was an intimate friend of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, who had a high opinion of his work, and the teacher of Carl Maria von Weber. He died in Salzburg on 10th August 1806.

Haydn’s sacred choral works are generally regarded as being his most important; they include the Requiem pro defuncto Archiepiscopo Sigismundo (Requiem for the death of Achbishop Siegmund) in C minor, which greatly influenced the Requiem by Mozart, Missa Hispanica (which he submitted for his diploma at Stockholm), a Mass in D minor, a Lauda Sion, and a set of graduals, forty-two of which are reprinted in Anton Diabelli’s Ecciesiaslicon. He was also a prolific composer of secular music, including forty symphonies, a number of concerti, and chamber music including a string quintet in C major which was once thought to have been by his brother Joseph.


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  • Artur_UFRJ

    His Requiem in C minor is perfect.

    17 Mar 2012 Reply
  • francescarr

    IN SEARCH OF HAYDN , Seventh Art's latest documentary production will have its World Premiere at the Barbican, London in January. The film explores the life of the often overshadowed composer and features Alison Balsom, The Orchestra of the 18th Century, Marc Andre Hamelin, Ronald Brautigam, Emanuel Ax as well as many other classical contributors. At the world premiere, the Endellion String Quartet will be performing Haydn’s Op 76/1 LIVE before the film and there will be a Q&A with director Phil Grabsky after. Click on the link to buy tickets Or like the official Facebook page for more details:

    12 Oct 2011 Reply
  • Grosseteste

    Sad that there are so few real listeners to him. Most of the "Top Listeners" are "i. Adagio" types.... So just the radio, with bleeding chunks from his works in no particular order.

    8 Jul 2011 Reply
  • KraeheK

    Liking those symphonies, even though they have as much to do with CPE Bach as JS Haydn.

    17 May 2009 Reply
  • snader

    yay, pic approveth

    29 Nov 2006 Reply
  • the O factor

    pic up to vote for

    10 Jul 2006 Reply

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