About this playlist
Franz Joseph Haydn's rags to riches life story is as fascinating as the profound impact his work had on the evolution of chamber music and, of course, the symphony. Friend to royalty, mentor to Mozart and Beethoven, feted by the European music establishment, Haydn attained celebrity status in Vienna well before his death in 1809. He certainly knew how to wield a minor key if the occasion called for it, but sunny tonalities and jaunty melodies are trademarks of Haydn's work. Start your journey through his wonderful catalogue here.