Haydn Author:Pierre Barbaud Here is a new dimension in biography-the vividly written life of Haydn taking shape before the reader's eyes through the full pictorial documentation of the glittering eighteenth century world in which the great composer moved. — His modest birthplace and his residences, the Viennese and London opera houses where his music was first performed, th... more »e elegant castles and gardens of his patron Esterhazy, the opulence of the Austrian and British courts-here is Haydn's world come alive in more than a hundred photographs, etchings, documents, paintings, and period drawings by Hogarth and others. Against this background, the author sketches in the figure of one of the most prolific musical geniuses of all time. He views the composer's engaging personality, his prodigious creative output, his travels, and his friendships and meetings with Mozart and others.
The combination of biography and musical analysis, of rigorous scholarship and lively writing- much of it Haydn's own - makes this a basic and compact reference work for both professional and lay readers.« less