Joseph Haydn. A Four Page Biography of His Life, Music, and Accomplishments
In 1750 a new era of music began. Prior to this time, music was written to accommodate one mood, melodies were spun out and complex, and music was very ornamental. This was the Baroque era. Changes in society gave way to many changes in music, though. The middle class was growing substantially, instruments were being produced faster, and the common man had more free time. All these changes made music much more accessible to the people. Music began to get much simpler as an effect of this. Baroque style music was just too hard for the middle class. Replacing the complex melodies was the Greek and Roman based ideals, where balance and symmetry were stressed. One of the most important and influential composers of this classical era was Joseph Haydn.
Joseph Haydn was born in Rohrau, Austria on March 31, 1732. His father was a wheelwright, his mother was a housewife, and his family enjoyed the comforts of a well off middle class family. Haydn was sent to Hainburg to attend church school, partly because his mother wished him to become a priest. …
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