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Franz Josef Haydn

Composer Franz Joseph Haydn was born in Rohrau, Austria in 1732 and is probably known to be one of the greatest masters of classical music. His compositions include 104 symphonies, 50 concertos, 84 string quartets, 24 stage works, and 12 Masses, among numerous other works. He became musical director from 1759 to 1760 for Count von Morzin’s court musicians, for whom he wrote his earliest symphonies. He became musical director for the Esterházy family from 1761 until 1790. Given great scope for composition, most of his musical output was produced during the 29 years of service to the family.

Video and Audio

Watch an excerpt of Haydn's Allegro spiritoso from Symphony No. 83 in G Minor

From the National Symphony Orchestra: 2011-2012 Season Preview Concert with Assistant Conductor Ankush Kumar Bahl.

Understanding the Music: Haydn - Symphony No. 94 in G major, "Surprise"

Understanding the Music: Haydn - Symphony No. 103 in E-flat major (“Drumroll”)

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