About this playlist
At Christmastime in 1790, a 58-year-old Joseph Haydn was travelling from Vienna to London for a series of lucrative engagements. Breaking his journey in the small, west German city of Bonn he encountered a rebellious young musician called Ludwig van Beethoven. At this point in his career, Haydn was a superstar, and the 20 year old Beethoven – hardly known outside of Bonn – must’ve been thrilled to meet him. Haydn was so impressed with Beethoven’s talents that he offered to take him on as a pupil.
What did Beethoven learn from Haydn? Where does Mozart fit in, and what makes these three composers so important to the evolving musical styles of the classical period?