nedeľa, 26. apríla 2009

JOSEPH HAYDN






This weekend I enjoyed the classical music of Joseph Haydn  and the beautiful  Esterházy Castle,  during my short journey in Austria.
 

    JOSEPH HAYDN
   (March 31, 1732 – May 31, 1809)



Joseph Haydn was born in Rohrau in Austria, a village near the border with Slovakia. Haydn's parents had noticed that their son was musically talented and knew that in Rohrau he would have no chance to obtain any serious musical training. It was for this reason that they accepted a proposal from their relative Johann Matthias Frankh, the schoolmaster and choirmaster in Hainburg. It was only seven miles away from Rohrau and about 7 miles from the Slovakian border.
He was six years old. He was also a close friend of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and a teacher of Ludwig van Beethoven. In 1740 moved to Vienna, where he worked for the next nine years as a chorister. In 1760, with the security of a Kapellmeister position, Haydn married. His wife was the former Maria Anna Aloysia Apollonia Keller (1729–1800), the sister of Therese (b. 1733), with whom Haydn had previously been in love. Haydn and his wife had a completely unhappy marriage, from which the laws of the time permitted them no escape; and they produced no children. Both took lovers.
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During the nearly thirty years that Haydn worked at the Nickolaus Esterházy court, he produced a flood of compositions, and his musical style continued to develop. His popularity in the outside world also increased


Forchtenstein Castle



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The first part of the castle with its 50 meter high keep was built in the 13th century by the Lords of Mattersburg, who later named themselves Lords of Forchtenstein.
Around 1450 the Lords of Forchtenstein died off due to lack of a male heir and the castle was passed over to the House of Hapsburg, which owned it for 170 years. They leased it to others, including the Counts of Weissbriach and Hardegg. During this time the building was not changed significantly.
In 1622 Nickolaus Esterházy , founder of the western Hungarian Esterházy line, received the castle from Emperor Ferdinand II, and Esterházy became a Count. Nikolaus started to fortify the crumbling castle and refurbished it with the services of Vienna builder Simon Retacco from 1630 to 1634 and with Domenico Carlone from 1643.
The castle is still owned by the Esterházy family and, together with Castle Esterházy in Eisenstadt, it chronicles the history and treasures of this ancient aristocratic
Some sample of Mozart's opera Don Giovanni :







24 komentárov:

  1. I'm not much for opera, but enjoy his music. Even played some of it on the piano years ago.

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  2. My pleasure Vartkes...Glad you like it...

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  3. Welcome Andrew in the 18th century...I hope you like it...

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  4. Beethoven wrote his own early compositions in the shadow of Mozart, of whom Joseph Haydn wrote that "posterity will not see such a talent again in 100 years"...Great that you played piano...

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  5. I just saw the pictures, those sre some big houses LOL. you explained this very well. even I understood it lol.

    Very pretty castles

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  6. The Forchtenstein castle is beautiful

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  7. yes, the castle was built in the 13th century like a fortress...He has also a stunning well...

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  8. What??? LOL he has a stunning what ??? lol

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  9. Sory...In the courtyard there is a well over 142 meters deep which was dug by some of the less fortunate Turks who were captured and had to work as slaves. ..may be the best expression is the fountain...See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Forchtenstein-Fountain.JPG
    and more details about the castle...http://www.pbase.com/roland_p/forchtenstein

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  10. LOL forgive me i am from Indiana LOL HAHa

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  11. some of those slaves are probably still down there lol

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  12. Hi, Viera, from your writing I easily figure out how much you have enjoyed your weekend in Austria! Stunning pictures, as always! Looking at the Forchenstein Castle we imediately understand it had been originally a fortress. Having been turned on the foundation of a beautiful castle is a terrific architectural work. Thanks for sharing on here some of your weekend spent in that always beautiful and romantic country that Austria is. Hugs and wishes for a great week ahead! Belita

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  13. These are very nice photos, thankyou for sharing. nite

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  14. Hi, Viera.
    I'm glad that you had an enjoyable time. :-)
    Thanks for the information.

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  15. Great Post! Viera.... I loved clasical music and loved Mozart and Bethoven too...
    Awww! Enjoy the Video Viera... :o)) I loved Opera, and this video bring back me, when I was college (opera show with my friends at some event). Thanks for the explained about Yoseph Haydn.
    Hugs. ~Rosa~ :o)

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  16. I love that aria ...you're right ...we have enough philanderer also nowadays...Have a nice week Rosa...Thanks for your visit...

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  17. Thanks for touching down here Graham...I love classical music and old architecture very well...I really enjoyed it...Wishing you a beautiful week...

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  18. My pleasure Anrew...Have a nice evening ...

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  19. My dear Belita, in Austria you can find so many Castles which are still owned by the former family... in a very good condition...and it is always an architectural treasure...I like to spend the time there...

    I love your comments, you give the world many blessings through your kindness... Have wonderful week...

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