Haydn is known as the Father of the String Quartet. He was born in a village in Austria on the border with Hungary. His parents were well placed in the village with his father holding the position of what today would be the mayor. While neither of his parents had formal music training, they both enjoyed music and encouraged it within the family. Recognizing young Haydn’s talent but knowing that there was no serious training in their village, Haydn’s parents apprenticed him to a relative in Hainburg, the choirmaster. He left home at the age of 6 and never lived with his parents again.
Life was not easy for Haydn as a child away from home. Not always properly fed, he sang and learned to play the violin and harpsichord. Around the age of 17, he was dismissed by his current employer and turned out into the streets. Taken in by a friend, he started his freelance music career. Hard work, many jobs, and some self teaching followed. And obviously paid off as he became one of the most well known and respected composers.
In our upcoming season, we will hear five of his pieces:
- Quartet in D Major, Op. 33, No. 6 played by Quatuor Mosaiques (Oct 19, 2017)
- Piano Trio in E-flat Major, XV:29 played by the Gryphon Trio (Dec 7, 2017)
- Quartet in C Major, Op. 33, No. 3, “The Bird” played by the St. Lawrence Quartet (Feb 1, 2018)
- Quartet in D Major, Op. 64, No. 5, “The Lark” played by the Apollon Musagete Quartet (Feb 22, 2018)
- Quartet in B-flat Major, Op. 76, No. 4, “Sunrise” played by the Schumann Quartet (Apr 12, 2018)
Find out more about any of these concerts on our website – http://music-toronto.com/season.htm