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Papa Haydn – Father of the Symphony, the Sonata, and the String Quartet

Updated: Jul 12, 2021

"Father of the noble art of music and favorite of the Muses"

– Franz Niemetschek, philosopher, teacher and music critic (July 24, 1766 – March 19, 1849) in his dedication to Franz Joseph Haydn inscribed his 1798 biography of Mozart

Franz Joseph Haydn (March 31, 1732 – May 31, 1809) has been affectionately called “Papa” Haydn by many people since he lived nearly more than two centuries ago, including musicians who worked with him at the Esterhazy Court and his fellow composers, including W. A. Mozart and as well as those who lived generations later. He is also known as the "Father of the Symphony," "Father of the Sonata," and "Father of the String Quartet." How did one composer earn all of this esteem? In this post, we will learn a little about his life and legacy.


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