Austrian composer Franz Joseph Haydn was born on 31st March 1732 and grew up to be one of the most prolific and prominent composers of the Classical period. He is often called the “Father of the Symphony” and “Father of the String Quartet” because of his important contributions to these forms. He was also instrumental in the development of the piano trio and in the evolution of sonata form. A lifelong resident of Austria, Haydn spent much of his career as a court musician for the wealthy Esterházy family on their remote estate. Isolated from other composers and trends in music until the later part of his long life, he was, as he put it, “forced to become original” and developed his musical talent with support from Austrian and Hungarian aristocratic families before rising to fame in London and Vienna. Joseph Haydn sadly passed away on 31st May in 1809, At the time of his death, he was one of the most celebrated composers in Europe and left the world with some wonderful music. Joseph Haydn was the brother of Michael Haydn, himself a highly regarded composer, and Johann Evangelist Haydn, a tenor. He was also a close friend of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and a teacher of Ludwig van Beethoven.
To commemorate the music of Haydn, The 20th Annual Bridgnorth Haydn Festival takes place from Wednesday 5th June until Sunday 9th June 2013 and this year’s theme is Haydn’s Legacy and focuses on Joseph Haydn’s influence on his pupils, his friends and composers from the 18th century to the present day. This year there is a A host of Internationally acclaimed soloists including:
Simon Standage, Crispian Steele-Perkins, Christophe Coin,Yoko Kaneko, Maria Tecia Andreotti.
Anthony Halstead will also be Conducting The Chiaroscuro Quartet, The Salomon Quartet and The Haydn Festival Ensemble who will be performing a variety of music including Music by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Johann Christian Bach, Pleyel, Hummel, Viotti and Kraft