Trio in D Major
Composer: Joseph Haydn
Instrument: Flute, Cello & Harp
Duration: 18 min.
Composed in 1790, the Haydn Trios, Hoboken XV: 15-17, had always been assumed to have been written for flute, cello and piano. However no one can actually verify this as being correct.
Music written in that period was usually not intended for a particular instrument, but rather played by any instrument or group of instruments which were available at the time, and frequently instruments were interchanged. Today we don’t view it as important to know exactly which instrument inspired the composition.
However in Franz Josef Haydn’s family there was a special regard for the harp. History has recorded that Haydn’s father was a singer who learned to accompany himself on the harp. The father of two composers, Mathias Haydn could not read music, yet he was an enthusiastic folk musician. “He was a great lover of music by nature” says his famous son, “and played the harp without knowing a note of music.”
About the composer +
(Franz) Joseph Haydn (1732 – 1809) was a prolific Austrian composer of the Classical period. He was instrumental in the development of chamber music such as the piano trio and his contributions to musical form have earned him the epithets "Father of the Symphony" and "Father of the String Quartet".
Haydn spent much of his career as a court musician for the wealthy Esterházy family at their remote estate. Until the later part of his life, this isolated him from other composers and trends in music so that he was, as he put it, "forced to become original". Yet his music circulated widely and for much of his career he was the most celebrated composer in Europe.
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