What Are Haydn's Major Accomplishments

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Franz Joseph Hadyn’s musical talent started at an early age, paving ways to future success. On March 31, 1732, he was born in a small village in Rohrau, Austria. At a young age, Haydn’s susceptibility to music proved to be significant, as this genesis later painted the life of the talented composer. Today, he is often referred to as the “Father of the Symphony” and the “Father of the String Quartet.” At the age of six, a relative who worked as a choirmaster and school principal near Hainburg took note of Haydn’s early on set musical talent and decided to work with the young boy. Therefore, Haydn left his home and embarked on a journey to musical training. Although the opportunity allowed rare visits to his parents—as Haydn dedicated most of his time to becoming a better musician—his parents were supportive of his journey. In Hainburg, Haydn learned how to play many instruments, including the violin and the drums. He also received voice training lessons. It was in Hainburg that Haydn was discovered for his voice and entered the Cathedral of St. Stephen in Vienna as a choirboy at the age of eight. It was an early success, one that proved to be so for nine years, for when Haydn turned the age of seventeen he was dismissed from the school due to a change in voice. His pockets empty, Haydn struggled to sustain himself by giving…show more content…
His style varied in fashion, his work providing an element of surprise to ears that listened. One of his symphonies, nicknamed Surprise, highlights the clever and humorous character of Haydn. Here, we are met with smooth staccato chords, until we are unexpectedly hit with a much more dissonant sound in syncopation, providing the element of surprise, as the title of the piece’s nickname suggests. Haydn’s music heavily centered around a thematic approach, highlighting dynamics, changes in texture, sans consistent rhythm, but rather a variety of changes in tone
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