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Introduction: In Search of Haydn (02:00)


Experts comment on Haydn's legacy, especially in comparison to Mozart and Beethoven.

Image (01:28)

An expert comments on Haydn's portrait, and the image he sought to project. Luigia Polzelli became his mistress; she believed he fathered his second son.

Relationship With Mozart (00:31)

Haydn often visited young Mozart in Vienna. Mozart discussed his extensive travels, and the music he'd heard.

Leaving Confines (02:25)

Haydn was internationally famous but long under the thumb of his Esterhazy employers. In 1786, a Paris orchestra became by far the largest he'd ever composed for.

Weaker Symphonies Discussed (00:58)

Haydn's symphonies slumped as he focused on other genres; he rededicated himself for his Paris symphonies.

Populist Appeal (03:21)

Hayden sought to create music everybody could understand, in contrast with Baroque figures. A conductor discusses Italian and Eastern European influence.

Dissatisfaction (02:13)

Haydn became restless under the confines of his Esterhaza employment and unhappy marriage. Arias sometimes reflect his melancholy; hear Aria di Giannina, about marriage.

Maria Anna von Genzinger (03:29)

Platonic friend Maria Anna von Genzinger related to Haydn intellectually and artistically as neither his wife nor mistress could. Hear his letters to her quoted.

Haydn to London (02:02)

Prince Nikolaus's death left Haydn a free agent; Salomon signed him to go to London. Hear his reflections on arrival and life in London.

Effects of London (02:36)

The London concert life was more democratic and exciting than that in Vienna; Haydn's London symphonies are flamboyant, theatrical.

Haydn and Beethoven (03:11)

In London, Haydn eventually longed to return to Vienna. Passing through Bonn, he met Beethoven, and agreed to instruct him. A pianist demonstrates Haydn's influence on Beethoven.

String Quartet (00:58)

Upon return to Vienna, Haydn invented the string quartet, entering a period of feverish composition.

Keyboard Compositions (01:50)

Hear Keyboard Variations in F minor and Keyboard Trio in B flat.

Return to London (02:02)

In 1794, Haydn returned to London to perform the last six of his London symphonies. Hear his "Military Symphony."

London Symphonies (02:32)

Haydn remained productive and innovative into old age. The London Symphonies synthesize bold ideas under a genial surface.

Wartime Songs (03:32)

As Austria prepared to fight Napoleon, Haydn wrote the Mass "Missa in tempore belli," then wrote Austria's first National Anthem.

Trumpet Concerto (04:17)

A friend invented the keyed trumpet, greatly expanding the trumpet's possibilities, and asked Haydn for specially written music; the Trumpet Concerto resulted.

"The Creation" (03:11)

Haydn wrote "The Creation," one of his greatest works, in 1797. Singing has a large part.

Optimism (01:08)

Haydn's "The Creation" is expresses Enlightenment ideals about the perfectibility of man.

"The Seasons" (01:41)

Hear from the winter section Haydn's "The Seasons," while seeing outdoor winter images.

Final Piece (01:11)

At the end of his life, Haydn's declining health and spirits left him unable to complete String Quartet no. 103.

"Creation" Gala (00:51)

At an 1808 gala performance of "The Creation," Haydn was overcome by emotion. Beethoven was present and was said to have knelt and kissed him.

Haydn's Stature (01:03)

An expert considers Haydn as good as Mozart and Beethoven, though many are reluctant to rank him as a genius.

Credits: In Search of Haydn: Part Two (00:42)

Credits: In Search of Haydn: Part Two

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In Search of Haydn: Part Two opens with Haydn well-established and middle aged, but confined by his Esterhazy employers and with many of his greatest works still to come. It follows him as he breaks free from his confines with the Paris Symphonies and London Symphonies and travels extensively for the first time, becoming a star in London. It emphasizes his continued innovation into old age, and covers important works including "Missa in tempora belli" and "The Creation." The film also includes coverage of his personal life, career, and the motives and ideas behind some of his music. (50 minutes

Length: 50 minutes

Item#: BVL59687

ISBN: 978-1-60057-373-6

Copyright date: ©2012

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