JOSEPH HAYDN by Wendy Thompson

JOSEPH HAYDN

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KIRKUS REVIEW

One more handsome volume in the ""Composer's World"" series (see above), with the same format, rather distanced style, excellent period illustrations, and musical excerpts. Haydn's longer, more orderly life--most of his work was originally done for his wealthy employers, the Esterházy family (their vast establishment rivaled Versailles), and he actually received a generous pension--makes a fine backdrop for the lives of his Viennese contemporaries; Thompson enlivens it with details like the youthful Haydn's irrepressibility (the Empress Maria Theresa once had him whipped for climbing on a scaffold after she'd warned him not to) and his later triumphs in England. Many of the interesting illustrations are credited only to ""Author's collection""; it would be nice to know more: Are they from old books? From Haydn's lifetime, or later? Glossary; list of works.

Pub Date: Dec. 1st, 1991
Page count: 48pp
Publisher: Viking