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Almost from the moment it was first set to paper, the music of Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) - technically superb, rich in quality, and widely imitated - has exemplified the Classical style, creating not only the Classical-era symphony but setting the standard, through his own 68 string quartets, against which that form has ever after been judged.

And yet Haydn, despite the influence left by more than 1,000 works, seems to no longer get his due, often thought of as an aged figure surpassed and overshadowed by Beethoven and Mozart, who actually credited Haydn, the only contemporary he admired, and with whom he formed a lasting and artistically fruitful friendship, with teaching him how to write string quartets. Even Beethoven, whose relationship with his compositional teacher was troubled and stormy, would never have been able to write his triumphant Ninth Symphony without the influence of Haydn's crowning achievement, the towering 1798 oratorio, Creation.

Now, in a series of eight vivid lectures, you can learn to understand and appreciate the music of one of the most original and influential composers of all time as you explore his origins, influence, and greatest works.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

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Another masterpiece from Greenberg

The narrator makes this great. He varies his pace, foreshadows, goes on occasional rants and just makes this biography very entertaining. I have listened to his long form courses. this is a great sample for someone who wants to try him out.

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Wonderful & Inspiring

What made the experience of listening to Great Masters: Haydn - His Life and Music the most enjoyable?

Robert Greenberg's knowledge of music form and in depth information of Haydn's life. The discription of how a piece was written and how it related to events in the composers life.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Great Masters: Haydn - His Life and Music?

Haydn's relationship with other composer's, Mozart and Beethoven.<br/>Why is it that composers have messed up love lifes and seem to chase the wrong women?<br/>Brhams, Haydn, Tchaikovsky

Have you listened to any of Professor Robert Greenberg’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This is my forth composer lecture of the series and I have three more to listen to. All have been very informative and inspiring.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I love the jokes, I love the enthusiasm, I love the lectures of Robert Greenberg.

Any additional comments?

Order these lectures today they are inexpensive, Then go buy some great music you can't go wrong.

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Fantastic! I'm a Haydn convert!

Professor Greenberg is animated and erudite. I love both his serious side and his irrepressible humorous side. I have many of his courses in my Audible library, and whenever I finish one, I'm on to the next. Looking forward to queuing up the next one right now!

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Greenberg is excellent as always

Prof. Greenberg is excellant as always. He paints a full and fascinating picture of the quintessential Classical composer and his position in musical history.

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Professor Greenberg needs to tone it down.

I was reluctant to listen to another of Professor Robert Greenberg's set of lectures. Unfortunately, Professor Greenberg is the best there is when looking at the depth of his knowledge. I say unfortunately because of the presentation style. His constant need to be funny and say witty things gets in the way. This is not as bad as some of his earlier lectures but nonetheless irritating.

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