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Composer of the month

Franz Joseph Haydn

1732-1809

Haydn’s “Farewell” Symphony, movement 4. One by one all of the players get up and leave.

Haydn’s “Surprise” Symphony, movement 2


Haydn’s Symphony No. 104, the “London” Symphony


Haydn’s Piano Sonata in Eb major,
performed by Alfred Brendel


Austrian Music

 

Johann Strauss II was known for his waltzes including the famous Blue Danube

Franz Schubert’s Gretchen at the Spinning Wheel performed by a 5-piano ensemble!

Carl Czerny Scherzino alla tarantelle, op.763

Bruckner’s Symphony No 8

Mahler’s Piano Quartet in A Minor

Schoenberg: Suite for Piano, Op.25 – this music sounds very different from the works of earlier Austrian composers!

Classical Period

Haydn lived in the Classical period. Here are a few other composers
who wrote music around the same time.


Maria Teresa Agnesi Pinottini: Harpsichord Concerto 1st Movement

Anna Amalia of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel, 
Sonata For Oboe & Organ in F major


C.P.E. Bach Concerto for 2 Harpsichords in F major


Antonio Salieri’s Sinfonia Veneziana


Beethoven’s early music was in the style of the Classical Period while his later works led the way to the Romantic Period. Here is his first symphony.

During the Classical Period Muzio Clementi was about as well known as Haydn. He did a great deal to promote the piano. This is his well-known Sonatina Op. 36 No. 3 in C Major

Compare the Music

The piece above was written by Bach (Goldberg Variation 12) in the Baroque Period. Both hands are very busy playing lots of notes and ornaments.

The piece above (Moonlight Sonata) was written by Beethoven in 1801 towards the end of the Classical Period. It has a simple chord accompaniment.