(Unlocking the Masters). No composer has ever achieved the amazing progression that Haydn has. He invented the string quartet as we know it today, became "the Father of the Symphony," and founded the greatest school in the history of music. His life was one of ceaseless experimentation and invention, of problems surmounted and challenges met. In this book, No. 6 in the Amadeus Press Unlocking the Masters series, David Hurwitz acquaints readers with Haydn's innovative melodic creativity, his revolutionary use of musical form, and important characteristics of his personal style, including his genius for writing in minor keys and creating comedy in his music. In addition to Haydn's principal instrumental works, Hurwitz explores Haydn's vocal music and instrumental masterpieces that fall outside the mainstream. Four appendixes list all of his symphonies, string quartets, piano sonatas, and piano trios. Over two and a half hours of music keyed to pieces described in the book are available online using the unique code in each book.
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Exploring Haydn: A Listener's Guide To Music's Boldest Innovator is a book and music CD set that introduces the reader to the life and works of Haydn. An astonishingly creative genius, Hayden invented the string quartet as it is known today, earned the title of "The Father of the Symphony", and mentored the renowned Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Author David Hurwitz guides the reader through a brief tour of Haydn's life, a close discussion of Haydn's instrumental music including first movements, slow movements, minuets, scherzos, and finales, and a topical view of Haydn's art and works. Two full-length Naxos CDs, filled with more than two and a half hours of beautiful music keyed to pieces described in the text, allow the reader to experience Hayden's music firsthand. Highly recommended for lay readers, novice music scholars, and anyone seeking a greater understanding and appreciation of Haydn's monumental legacy.
Haydn was original, he was prolific, he was popular, and he is just plain fun to listen to. This book provides glimpses of his personal life, (including his friendship with Mozart), his creative process, and recordings of a huge variety of his music on two discs. You could spend this much on the music alone, but the analysis helps you truly appreciate Haydn's wit and his imagination.
David Hurwitz, the author of this absorbing package that includes a 200-page book and two CDs, suffers from the same disability as myself, namely, why should it be necessary to open the musical public's ears to the wonder of Franz Joseph Haydn?
The book is in three sections: Part 1 Extraordinary Musician, Ordinary Man. Part 2 Movement Types in Haydn`s Instrumental Music. Part 3 A Topical View.
The author explores and expands his themes in depth. But the text is far from dry or lacking in imagination, on the contrary I would go so far as to say that in many respects his analysis is both original and stimulating.
And so, I repeat, why it is that a composer of so-called classical music who could be hailed as the greatest living composer at the close of the 18th Century should require vigorous resuscitation in our times in order to present the man as the equal of Mozart and Beethoven. Is it just a question of changing fashions or has Haydn simply been...
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