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Haydn reached London in the opening days of 1791. He passed his first night at the house of Bland, the music-publisher, at 45 High Holborn, which now, rebuilt, forms part of the First Avenue Hotel. Bland, it should have been mentioned before, had been sent over to Vienna by Salomon to coax Haydn into an
Haydn served the Esterhazys uninterruptedly for the long period of thirty years. Here’s the agreement he signed with the prince Paul Anton: FORM OF AGREEMENT AND INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE VICE-CAPELLMEISTER “This day (according to the date hereto appended) Joseph Heyden [sic] native of Rohrau, in Austria, is accepted and appointed Vice-Capellmeister in the service of
In his biography of Haydn, J Cuthbert Hadden rememebers the parents of the celebrated composer: The composer’s father, Matthias Haydn, was, like most of his brothers, a wheelwright, combining with his trade the office of parish sexton. He belonged to the better peasant class, and, though ignorant as we should now regard him, was yet