Oxford Composer Companions: Haydn

by David Wyn Jones

Part of the Oxford Companions Series

Oxford Composer Companions: Haydn Synopsis

In his lifetime Joseph Haydn enjoyed huge popularity throughout Europe. As a composer of symphonies, quartets, masses, and oratorios he was readily acknowledged by Mozart, Beethoven, and others as a commanding figure. He is one of the founding fathers of classical music, yet only in the last 50 years have his works become available in reliable editions, and much biographical detail has come to light at the same time. Meanwhile, his music is more popular today than it has been at any time since his death. Published to coincide with the 200th anniversary of Haydn's death, this detailed, scholarly, and lively Companion draws together a wealth of biographical detail and expert analysis for the the first time in an accessible, engaging format. It covers Haydn's life and times, and his music, including its performance and reception. The Companion focuses on the period of Haydn's life (1732-1809), but extends forward to the end of the 20th century, to cover Haydn's reputation in the 19th century, attempts at complete editions, and modern scholarship. Selected feature entries cover such topics as Haydn's life and personality, major genres in which he worked, performance practice, dissemination, and the Enlightenment. The A-Z text is complemented by a full list of Haydn's works, family trees, a map, and a list of first lines.

Oxford Composer Companions: Haydn Press Reviews

By dipping in and out you get up-to-the minute scholarship in bitesize form. * Andrew Clark, Financial Times * Everything you could ever want to know about the composer's lifetime and legacy. * Andrew Clark, Financial Times *

Book Information

ISBN: 9780199554522
Publication date: 28th May 2009
Author: David Wyn Jones
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 538 pages
Categories: Individual composers & musicians, specific bands & groups, Reference works,

About David Wyn Jones

David Wyn Jones is Professor of Music at Cardiff University. He has written extensively on music of the Viennese Classical period. He is advisor to Richard Hickox and CM90 on the complete recording of the Haydn masses, and gives pre-concert talks and lectures at the Edinburgh Festival and the BBC Proms. He writes CD notes for all major record companies, and programme notes for the Proms, BBC, and other leading concert organizations.

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