Franz Of Classical Music : The Father Of The Symphony Essay

1187 Words Jul 5th, 2015 5 Pages
Franz Joseph Haydn is widely known as one of the creators of classical music, as well as being dubbed the “Father of the Symphony” and “Father of the String Quartet. He is also one of the greatest and most celebrated composers of all time. Haydn once remarked, “Young people can learn from my example that something can come from nothing. What I have become is the result of my hard efforts.” And it was the truth. Haydn came from humbler beginnings than most. He was born in Rohrau, Austria on March 31, 1732. His father, Mathias Haydn, was a wheelwright and a Marktrienter –similar to a village mayor. His mother, Maria Koller, worked as a cook in Count Harrach’s palace before marrying Haydn’s father. Haydn was one of three boys, all of whom pursued careers in music. His family was very musical despite his parents not knowing how to read music. At the age of six, it soon became clear that Haydn had an incredible voice and a defined musicality. However, his parents knew there were no real opportunities to gain real musical training for Haydn in their village. This is why his parents accepted an invite from Johann Franc, a relative who was a principal and choir director of the Hainsburg church, to be his apprentice and train in music. Once Haydn left to Hainsburg, he never lived with his parents again. Although Haydn learned how to play the harpsichord and the violin as well as singing the treble parts in the Hainsburg church choir, he remembers not having enough to eat and being…

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