The Land of Opportunity

Joseph Haydn and Britain

Edited by Richard Chesser and David Wyn Jones

Edited by Richard Chesser and David Wyn Jones

Distributed for British Library

256 pages | 25 halftones | 6 x 9
Cloth $65.00 ISBN: 9780712358484 Published February 2014 For sale in North and South America only
On more than one occasion, the great composer Joseph Haydn (1732–1809) remarked that he became well known in his native Austria only after he had made two visits to London in the 1790s. Although he was connected with the Esterházy court for over forty years, and his music was performed in many of Europe’s major cities, London was to be the only European city, apart from Vienna, to welcome the composer in person. He engaged fully with London’s musical life during his two visits and responded readily to the city’s commercial vitality. He later told his biographer, Albert Christoph Dies, that London was his “land of opportunity.” The essays in this volume examine the relationship between the composer and the commercial, political, and social spheres of London during the eighteenth century and help explain the unparalleled popularity Haydn and his music have enjoyed ever since.
Contents
Preface
 
Illustrations
 
Abbreviations
 
Contributors
 
Haydn, Austria and Britain: Music, Culture and Politics in the 1790s
David Wyn Jones
 
Caricatures by Henry William Bunbury in the Collection of Joseph Haydn
Thomas Tolley
 
Thomas Hardy’s Portrait of Joseph Haydn
Alan Davison
 
A Matter of Words: Haydn, Holcroft and Anne Hunter
Caroline Grigson
 
Haydn’s Music and Clementi’s Publishing Circle
David Rowland
 
Haydn’s ‘British Music Library’
Balázs Mikusi
 
A Newly Discovered Libretto Edited by Haydn
Otto Biba
 
The First Performers and Audiences of Haydn’s Chamber Music
Ingrid Fuchs
 
Publishing Practice in Haydn’s Vienna: Artaria and the Keyboard Trios Op. 40
Rupert Ridgewell
 
Mythological Motifs in the Biographical Accounts of Haydn’s Later Life
Christopher Wiley
 
‘A scarce specimen of that unrivalled Master’s Handwriting’: Haydn Manuscripts in the British Library
 
Index
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