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The Underrated Haydn

Monday, November 23, 2009

Franz Joseph Haydn is considered the father of the symphony and the string quartet. He might also be history’s most underrated composer. As the music world marks the bicentennial of Haydn's death, we explore how the composer’s gift for humor may be at the root of why he’s not taken seriously. Austria's Haydn Trio Eisenstadt join us to perform two of their namesake’s works. Also with us is Fred Plotkin, author of several books on music including Classical Music 101.


Haydn Trio Eisenstadt and Fred Plotkin

Comments [4]

Norman Valerio from endicott, new york

Perhaps Haydn being the most underrated of the greatest composers makes him the greatest composer of all time. Norman

Oct. 15 2011 08:11 PM
Mary Fran from NYC

Don't forget the vocal works, the masses etc.

Nov. 23 2009 02:56 PM
SuzanneNYC from Upper West Side

Haydn is a master but his reputation was eclipsed by the 19th C cult of Mozart and Beethoven. Also his music loses much of its character played on modern instruments. Experiencing Haydn on period instruments is a revelation.

Nov. 23 2009 02:47 PM
mozo from nyc

Loved Haydn for years. Bear in mind for years, Mahler was considered unlistenable for some critics.

Nov. 23 2009 02:44 PM

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