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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, makes him a “Master of the Vienna Classic".

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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.

Anyone 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. He wrote nearly as many operas as Giuseppe Verdi. On top of that, Haydn also composed 107 symphonies, 69 string quartets, 128 baryton-trios and 14 masses - more than Franz Schubert, for example.