When Joseph Haydn was eight years old, he was a choir boy in Vienna’s Stephansdom. In the cathedral choir, he received lessons not only in singing but also in piano and violin.
In a corner of the room you will see a display case with a picture of the Stephansdom. Have you already seen it? He not only sang in the Stephansdom but also got married here when he was 28 to his wife Maria Anna. Unfortunately they didn’t have any children so there are no great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-grandchildren living among us.
Joseph Haydn composed music for 30 years for Prince Nikolaus I. Esterházy.
You’ll see a picture of the prince hanging in this room. Can you find him? A little hint: He’s looking out through a red curtain.
Joseph Haydn composed over 80 string quartets.
How many instruments make up a “quartet” and which are they? Do you know? Look closely at the instruments in this room! Have you already found them?
A quartet is made up of four string instruments: 2 violins, 1 viola, and 1 cello
Joseph Haydn traveled twice to London. He brought an African gray parrot back with him from there.
Have you found it?
It could even talk! It liked to squawk “Papa Haydn” and even tried to whistle the melodies of the “Kaiserquartett”!
Haydn composed not only quartets, operas and church music and hymns but also, for example, this Serenade Op. 3 No. 5. A serenade is an instrumental piece of music that was originally performed in the evening and in the open air.