Haydn was among the first great composers whose fame in his own lifetime endured after his death. While he is loved for a handful of popular, tuneful symphonies and the oratorio The Creation, the broader scope of Haydn’s musical achievements and his fascinating life have been overshadowed by the prodigious brilliance of his friend Mozart and the rebellious daring of his pupil Beethoven. This biography reveals Haydn as a man of resourcefulness, eloquence, energy and charm—all traits that are abundant in his inventive music.
About the Author
David Vickers is a musicologist, journalist and broadcaster. A specialist in eighteenth-century music, he has written essays for most of the world’s leading classical record companies, and has served as a project consultant for many leading period-instrument orchestras and conductors. He is a critic for The Gramophone, and frequently appears on BBC Radio 3’s programmes CD Review and The Early Music Show. His writings on early, Baroque and Classical music have appeared in various magazines and newspapers including Goldberg, The Guardian, BBC Music Magazine and Early Music Today.