Happy 180th Birthday Joseph Haydn

Dear Reader,

Joseph Haydn does not need an introduction, he was born today, 180 years ago. You will find lots about him at Wikipedia and other sites.

If you want to listen to the most perfect – in the sense of following all rules – classical music, besides Bach, Mozart and Beethoven, Joseph Haydn is your man.
His nicknames have been ‘father of the symphony’ and ‘father of the ‘string quartet’. That should say it all.

He also was a gentleman, with a great sense of humor and he was very caring towards his musicians.

This is brilliantly shown by the following anecdote.

While employed by the wealthy aristocrats Esterhazy, Haydn and the orchestra musicians had to travel with their employer from palace to palace for the seasons.

That meant, the musicians were away from their families, sometimes for weeks.

One of those trips lasted even longer than usual.
And the musicians became annoyed and grumpy and rebellious.

Haydn noticed the changing atmosphere and sought a solution. Approaching the count bluntly was out of the question.

Haydn instead used the adagio of his symphony “Farewell“. In this piece, towards the end, selective instruments and groups one by one stop playing.

The next evening, the orchestra performed the Haydn composition.

And as ordered by Haydn, every musician at the appropriate time not only stopped playing.
They also, one after the other, silently packed their instrument, put out their candle, and left.
Until eventually, all music had ended and all musicians were gone.

The count understood the message.

He smiled and ordered everyone to pack on the next day for immediate return home.

What a lovely man Haydn must have been.

Stay tuned,
Engine Room

14 thoughts on “Happy 180th Birthday Joseph Haydn

  1. Sounds like a fantastic guy. Not nearly enough people are like this any more, everyone’s out for themselves and it makes the world a very sad and selfish place.

  2. Hi Alex and welcome to you. My apologies for missing your first comments – too busy with the plasterers, or is it plaisterers?
    Oh well, glad Christina is your type, she hits Pete’s keys anytime.
    Again welcome, look forward to you joining in whenever.
    I suppose the other two will welcome you – some time!

  3. I also heartily welcome Alex to the Diablog.
    You certainly have excellent taste in women and I look forward to you replacing Glynsky as a regular correspondent

  4. Wait, what?

    Alex is replacing Glynsky? When? Who decided that? Why didn’t I get the memo?

    No one ever tells me anything, just because I am down here.


  5. Then I will join in too.
    ER. Make up your mind. Are you “down here” or “over there” ?

  6. Thanks, Alex,

    Already, you’ve made me laugh. Which also means you have accomplished, what Glynsky has failed to do since day one.

    Explaining his recent retreat to manual labor, aka building my love nest. Yeah, right.


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