American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- Haydn, Franz Joseph 1732-1809. Austrian composer who exerted great influence on the development of the classical symphony. A contemporary of Mozart, he wrote numerous symphonies and string quartets as well as operas and concertos.
“The title Haydn originally gave it in his catalogue was Missa in Angustiis ('A Mass in Times of Trouble ').”
“There was nearly as much eclecticism on offer in Haydn's Piano Trio in E, H. 15/28, which moves from a real charmer of a first movement (with Bar-Josef and Hardy adopting a silvery and elegant tone in their pizzicato-accented phrases) to a startlingly rigorous and Bachlike middle movement (Orkis is spare and commanding here) to a finale that toggles between bluff high spirits and sturm und drang darkness.”
“He had been commissioned to write six symphonies that became known as the Haydn's Paris Symphonies.”
“This Scouting Resources page on the tune's history and Warren Pepperdine's article God Save the King mention its occurrence in Haydn's Emperor's Hymn, Brahms 'Triumphal Song and Weber's Jubilee Overture, as well as that Beethoven "was so deeply moved by it that he published seven variations on its theme" (a MIDI file for the Beethoven piece can be found here at lvbeethoven. com, along with Beethoven's take on Rule Britannia).”
“But he made his way to Mozart's quarters the following day to experience the younger composer's newest string quartets a collection that became known as the "Haydn" Quartets.”
“Pinnock is expansive, powerful, and expands his selection with Purcell and, more surprisingly, early Haydn, which is winningly excitable.”
“The Haydn will be a new score for me--it's very rarely done.”
“Well then," he responds, "you are in agreement with the greatest music critic who ever lived, E.T.A. Hoffmann, who called Haydn and Mozart Romantics.”
“Whether she was singing a dramatic monologue, such as Haydn's challenging "Scena di Berenice," which opened the program, or a song by Cecile Chaminade, fleeting and iridescent as a soap bubble, DiDonato would find a phrase and sing so solidly to the heart of the music, luxuriating in each note, that the sound opened and breathed and blossomed.”
“Obviously, when I did have a family, as I was about to make the movie, "Haydn" (ph) it changed my whole life, changed my perspective on everything.”
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