Going down in glory
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Haydn: 15 facts about the great composer
2. Going down in glory
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.