This volume brings together a selection of the most stimulating and influential writing on Haydn and his music in the English language. Written by a range of established and younger scholars it probes a variety of aesthetic, biographical, compositional, performance and reception issues. A specially written introduction summarizes the significance of each essay, directs the reader to appropriate complementary material and seeks the common ground between the essays; to assist with consistent referencing the individual essays retain their original pagination. This representative compendium of Haydn research provides the opportunity to explore the intellectual diversity of recent scholarship and is an indispensable publication for students of Haydn, whether new or old, amateur or professional.
Contents: Introduction. Part I Life and Legacy: The earliest biographies of Haydn, Vernon Gotwals; A patron among peers: dedications to Haydn and the economy of celebrity, Emily Green; The falling-out between Haydn and Beethoven: the evidence of the sources, James Webster; The consequences of presumed innocence: the 19th-century reception of Joseph Haydn, Leon Botstein. Part II Creative Impulses: ‘The true fundamentals of composition’: Haydn’s partimento counterpoint, Felix Diergarten; Haydn’s theater symphonies, Elaine R. Sisman; Haydn, Goldoni, and Il mondo della luna, Michael Brago; Engaging strategies in Haydn’s Opus 33 string quartets, Gretchen A. Wheelock; Of saints, name days, and Turks: some background on Haydn’s masses written for Prince Nikolaus II Esterházy, Jeremiah W. McGrann. Part III Aesthetic Frontiers: Haydn, Laurence Sterne, and the origins of musical irony, Mark Evan Bonds; Expressive ambivalence in Haydn’s symphonic slow movements of the 1770s, W. Dean Sutcliffe; Recalling the sublime: the logic of creation in Haydn’s Creation, Lawrence Kramer; Heroic Haydn, the occasional work and ‘modern’ political music, Nicholas Mathew. Part IV Enlightened Performance: On the absence of keyboard continuo in Haydn’s symphonies, James Webster; Haydn’s tempos in The Creation, Nicholas Temperley; Trends, accomplishment, deficiency in Haydn performance today, László Somfai; ‘Delivery, delivery, delivery!’ Crowning the rhetorical process of Haydn’s keyboard sonatas, Tom Beghin; Playing with art: musical arrangements as educational tools in van Swieten’s Vienna, Wiebke Thormählen. Name index.