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Franz Josef Haydn

(Franz) Joseph Haydn's talent, coupled with his long life, guarantee him a place in the pantheon of great symphonic composers.Born in 1732 in Rohrau, Lower Austria, not much is definitively known about Haydn's early life. Apparently, young Joseph demonstrated a precocious musical ability. He was sent to live with his music teacher, then to Vienna as a member of the Stephansdom Cathedral boys' choir, where he remained until his voice broke. Joseph survived the 1750s barely eking out a "wretched existence," though he garnered some early success with the comedy Der krumme Teufel.