I agree with you, Ray. I think Haydn is one of the most underrated and underappreciated comoposers. He's known for only a tiny handful of his works, such as the Surprise Symphony and Emperor String Quartet, but he wrote over 83 string quartets and over 104 symphonies, all of which are gems (I had the great pleasure once of reading through all of the quartets over a period of 2 1/2 years, and even the Opus 1s and 2s had special movements. By the time he got to Opus 20 all 4 movements were masterpieces. We all agreed that the Opus 3s, often attributed to Roman Hoffstetter, were substandard and likely not written by Haydn). Haydn also was gracious enough to know when to step aside and let another composer take over. I once read that he stopped composing operas when he realized that Mozart was writing more important masterpieces, and he stopped writing string quartets when he realized the Beethoven was the wave of the future, even though he didn't fully understand Beethoven.
Ray C Unregistered guest
Posted on Saturday, June 02, 2012 - 12:25 pm:
Thank you very much for doing a session about Haydn this week. I listen to Exploring Music every opportunity I get, but Haydn's music was the first to blast out of my car when I was driving. I know it's a little silly, but I really think everyone should get an opportunity to hear Haydn.