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Franz Joseph Haydn was a pivotal figure in the classical period. But how much do we really know? Discover his sense of humour and his early life in our gallery of Haydn facts!
However, things changed for Haydn when he lost is angelic voice at 16 - he left the choir after his voice was described thusly by Habsburg Empress Maria Theresa: "That boy doesn't sing, he crows!" Haydn then cut the pigtail of another boy chorister and was then caned in public.
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