The composer Joseph Haydn was born on March 31, 1732

The 285th anniversary of the birth of the genius composer Franz Joseph Haydn is celebrated on March 31, 2017
The representative of the Vienna School, Joseph Haydn became the founder of many classical genres - symphony, quartet, and sonata. Continuing the traditions of the Baroque period, Haydn created a new musical language. His creative work determined the main dominants in the culture of classicism, the logic and musical forms developed by Haydn, up to our days inspire new generations of composers.
Haydn left his descendants a huge creative heritage: 104 symphonies, 83 string quartets, 66 divertissements, 51 concertos for various instruments, 35 trios for piano, violin and violoncello, 30 trios for string instruments, 33 sonatas, variations and fantasies for piano, 12 violin sonatas, 7 duets for violin and viola, the oratorio "The return of Tobias", "The Creation Myth" and "The Seasons", 14 liturgies and other works based on religious texts, 24 operas and singspiels.

 In commemoration of the jubilee date, we prepared a thematic compilation of records from rare gramophone records from the Museum Collection. Two numbers from the first part of the world famous oratorio "The Creation Myth" and the anthem "Deutschlandlied" are presented in our Sound library.
You will find a unique recording of two parts of "Berchtoldsgaden-Musik", also known as "Children's Symphony" or "Symphony of Toys" in this selection. It is interesting that this work still causes debates of music experts - who is the author of this opus, and where it was written. Initially, Joseph Haydn was considered to be the author, but the hypothesis about the possible authorship of Leopold Mozart or Michael Haydn has appeared recently.