Who is Joseph Haydn? His contemporaries would have found that an easy question to answer: At the time he was the greatest, most famous, and most eminent composer of his era. His outstanding lifetime achievement which consists of more than 1,200 compositions definitely makes him a “Master of the Vienna Classic".
The year 2009 marked the 200th anniversary of the death of Joseph Haydn
. It may seem paradoxical to speak of celebrating the anniversary of somebody's death, but in the case of Joseph Haydn
, who was without a doubt one of the most positive and life-affirming composers of all time, there is no paradox about it.
Everyone who is familiar with Haydn's "Funeral Symphony
" or "La Passione
" knows that even in these works, Haydn's cheerful disposition and irrepressible joie de vivre shine through. HAYDN YEAR 2009 was conceived with the goal of giving everyone who visits Burgenland
a little of this joie de vivre to call their own. Haydn wrote nearly as many operas as Giuseppe Verdi. On top of that, he also composed 107 symphonies, 69 string quartets, 128 baryton-trios and 14 masses
- more than Franz Schubert
, for example.
There is an incredible amount to be discovered in Haydn's works. But the trip to Burgenland is worth taking not only for the music. The beautiful landscape, the more relaxed pace of living and the many culinary delights that await guests to the region are good reasons to visit Haydn's Burgenland at every season of the year.