Haydn: The Work of a Genius Analytical Essay

Haydn: The Work of a Genius
An examination of the development of composer Franz Joseph Haydn by comparing three of his works.
# 119150 | 2,236 words | 9 sources | MLA | 2010 | US
Published on Apr 06, 2010 in Music Studies (Composers)

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This paper discusses how Haydn is one of the most well known and respected composers that has ever lived. Crowned the "father of the symphony" and the string quartet, Haydn was instrumental in the development of the classical style. The paper contends that although, he was not literally the father of the symphony, he was certainly influential in its development. Through an analysis of Haydn's 22th, 45th, and 94th symphonies, the paper attempts to show that Haydn's early, middle, and late works can be compared and his specific style and personality at each stage can be examined.

From the Paper:

"Symphony 22, the philosopher, is a good example of Haydn's early works, but as a well establish composer for Esterhazy. Written in 1764, Haydn was still only the assistant Kapellmeister or music director for Paul Anton Esterhazy. Haydn's pre-Esterhazy symphonies were composed largely for Count Morzin and were always scored with two oboes, two horns, and strings. The form however is largely in three movements starting with fast then slow and ending fast according to Webster. By the time he started working for Esterhazy, "extra-musical aspects are present" in most of his symphonies that included a fourth movement and a minuet and trio third movement. His early symphonies blended "Italian and Austrian, light and serious, traditional and up-to-date features" that were the backbone of Haydn's symphonies as he progressed artistically (Webster 199-200). "

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Geiringer, Karl. Haydn: A Creative Life in Music. 1. New York, NY: W.W. Norton & Company INC, 1946. 225,233,287.
  • Grim, William E. Haydn's Sturm and Drang Symphonies: Form and Meaning. Lewiston: The Edwin Mellen Press, 1990. 109.
  • H.C. Robbins Landon. Haydn: Chronicle and Works. v3. Haydn in England, 1791-1795. ed 3. Bloomington and London: Indiana University Press, 1976. 523-31.
  • Heartz, Daniel, and Bruce Allen Brown. "Sturm and Drang." The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. 2. 24. London: Macmillan Publishers Limited, 2001. 631-33.
  • Jones, David, and H.C. Robbins Landon. Haydn: His Life and Music. ed1. Indiana University Press: Bloomington and Indianapolis, 1988. 23-24, 90, 99.

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