Joseph Haydn is a well known guy. He taught Beethoven; he was friends with Mozart; and he has been called no less than “the father of the symphony.” But did you know that he married the sister of the woman he was in love with? (Oops!) Here are a few other things you might not know about Joseph Haydn and one of his most famous compositions: The Creation.
1. As a teenager, Haydn was fired from his job as a choirboy because he cut off another chorister’s pigtail.
2. An early version of the libretto for The Creation was first given to George Handel, but he chose not to work on it.
3. The anticipation for the first private performance of The Creation was so great that hundreds of people without invitations crowded in the street at the palace to try to listen.
4. The original libretto was written in English, but the first performance was sung in German.
5. Joseph Haydn composed 108 symphonies in his career. (108!)
6. He lived here, sometimes:
(That’s one of many palaces belonging to his patrons, the Esterhazys).