“Mass in Time of War”

By |2021-01-17T11:20:57-06:00July 12th, 2020|Categories: Audio/Video, Joseph Haydn, Music|

Franz Joseph Haydn composed the Mass in Time of War, his tenth setting of the Roman Catholic Mass in 1796, in the city of Eisenstadt, Austria, where he was the composer-in-residence-for Prince Esterhazy. At the time of its writing in August and its premier in December, French Revolutionary were winning victories in Italy and Germany [...]

“Maria Theresia” Symphony

By |2020-06-24T22:53:02-05:00June 24th, 2020|Categories: Audio/Video, Joseph Haydn, Music|

The Symphony No. 48 in C major, Hoboken I/48, is a symphony by Joseph Haydn written in 1768 or 1769. The work has the nickname "Maria Theresia" as it was long thought to have been composed for a visit by the Holy Roman Empress, Maria Theresa of Austria in 1773. An earlier copy dated 1769 [...]

“The World on the Moon”

By |2020-08-24T15:30:14-05:00May 30th, 2020|Categories: Audio/Video, Joseph Haydn, Music|

Il mondo della luna (The World on the Moon), Hob. 28/7, is an opera buffa by Joseph Haydn with a libretto written by Carlo Goldoni in 1750, first performed at Eszterháza, Hungary, on 3 August 1777. Goldoni's libretto had previously been set by six other composers, first by the composer Baldassare Galuppi and performed in Venice [...]

Music for Holy Week and Easter

By |2019-11-14T11:24:48-06:00April 14th, 2019|Categories: Antonio Vivaldi, Audio/Video, Culture, Hector Berlioz, Joseph Haydn, Ludwig van Beethoven, Music, Stephen M. Klugewicz, Timeless Essays|

Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords our readers the opportunity to join Stephen Klugewicz, as he provides musical suggestions for listening during Holy Week and the Easter season. —W. Winston Elliott III, Publisher Though Handel’s Messiah rightly reigns supreme as the king of music for Easter, there are many other seasonal masterpieces that [...]

“I Must Ever Weep”: Haydn’s Musical Elegy to Mozart

By |2019-11-27T14:47:48-06:00December 5th, 2018|Categories: Audio/Video, Joseph Haydn, Music, Stephen M. Klugewicz, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart|

"I love him too much." —Joseph Haydn, about his friend Wolfgang Mozart "Joseph Haydn with Mozart," by V. Janschiek Wolfgang Mozart and Joseph Haydn were the two masters of the Classical Period of music history; indeed, they helped to define that age, by giving shape to its central compositional forms: the symphony, the [...]

Good Words on a Good Friday

By |2020-04-09T02:13:24-05:00April 13th, 2017|Categories: Catholicism, Christianity, Easter, Joseph Haydn|

The “Seven Last Words of Christ” can seen as the verbal expression of an interior reality: namely, the mind of Christ, as formed according to a deeply ingrained, habitual life practice of living mindfully according to the Lord’s Prayer. Holy Week is an especially fruitful time for prayerful meditation. There are many liturgical events at [...]

A Model for Mozart? Michael Haydn’s Requiem

By |2021-02-01T18:58:42-06:00December 5th, 2015|Categories: Audio/Video, Featured, Joseph Haydn, Michael Haydn, Music, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart|

Michael Haydn's Requiem—like the composer himself—has receded into the historical mists. But this astounding work heavily influenced Mozart's own Requiem and is worthy of comparison with every other setting of the Mass for the Dead ever composed. The 1984 film Amadeus brought to the general public's attention that many minor composers of music—such as Antonio [...]

Music of War and Remembrance: Ten Classical Music Pieces

By |2020-07-12T15:15:16-05:00November 11th, 2015|Categories: Antonio Vivaldi, Audio/Video, Gustav Holst, Hector Berlioz, Joseph Haydn, Music, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Stephen M. Klugewicz, War|

Across the centuries, composers have been inspired by the twin dramas of human conflict and the subsequent making of peace. Here are ten great pieces of classical music that dramatize war, celebrate its resolution, and recall its sacrifices. 10. Franz Liszt: The Battle of the Huns One of the composer's many tone poems, Franz Liszt's Hunnenschlacht—written in [...]

Haydn’s “Philosopher” Symphony: An Anthem for Imaginative Conservatives

By |2020-03-30T19:54:21-05:00July 2nd, 2015|Categories: Audio/Video, Featured, Joseph Haydn, Music, Stephen M. Klugewicz|

In essence, The Imaginative Conservative is a community of philosophers, dedicated to examining and understanding God’s creation. What better anthem for this journal than Austrian composer Franz Joseph Haydn’s remarkable Symphony No. 22 in E flat major, known as the “Philosopher” Symphony? Though the nickname was probably not Haydn’s, it was given to the work during the [...]

Music for Holy Week & Easter: Ten Classical Works

By |2020-04-01T10:49:48-05:00April 4th, 2015|Categories: Antonio Vivaldi, Audio/Video, Easter, Hector Berlioz, Joseph Haydn, Ludwig van Beethoven, Music, Stephen M. Klugewicz|

Though Handel’s “Messiah” rightly reigns supreme as the king of music for Easter, there are many other seasonal masterpieces that deserve to be heard more often. Here are ten lesser-known classical works that brilliantly depict the dramatic events of Holy Week and Easter Sunday. […]

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