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Katherine ventures into 18th and 19th century Europe to discover three of the great composers of the Classical Era – Haydn, Schubert and Mendelssohn.
Joseph Haydn was one prolific composer - he wrote no fewer than 104 symphonies. 'Haydn spent a lot of his career as a court musician for the wealthy Esterházy family, living out on their remote estate,' says Katherine. 'This isolation from other composers and trends in music forced him, as he said, 'to become original'.' Haydn's Symphony No.100, premiered in London in 1794, sent its first night audience into ecstasy with its evocation of war. It was promptly dubbed the 'Military' symphony. Today, it's still hard to resist the bass drum, cymbals, and triangle which give it an exotic air.
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