Joseph Haydn And The Classical Period Essay

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Joseph Haydn is a well known composer of the classical period, which encompassed the years from 1750 to 1820. The classical period was known as the "age of enlightenment," and reason was considered to be the best guide for human conduct, instead of tradition and custom. Classical music was often polyphonic in texture, and the composers composed simple and clear compositions. The melodies of this era were tuneful and easy to remember. The themes were flavored by folk and popular music of the time. This era was smooth, elegant, and graceful, not only with music, but also with art. Even though a person might think of antique music when they think of classical music, the term "classical" simply meant that there was a stress on balance and clarity in structure. According to the Encyclopædia Britannica and NNDB, Franz Joseph Haydn, known as Joseph Haydn, was born in Rohrau, Austria on March 31, 1732. His father, Matthias Haydn, was a wheelwright, and his mother, Maria Koller, was a cook for the lords of the village. He portrayed unusual musical talent a very young age. When he was eight-years-old, he was accepted into St. Stephen 's Cathedral in Vienna. He remained there until 1749, when he turned seventeen, and then was expelled from the school and choir because his voice changed. At the Cathedral, he not only learned to sing, he also learned how to play the violin and the keyboard. For the next seven years, he supported himself by teaching and playing the violin.…

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