Composer of the Week: Joseph Haydn
The classical composer’s life and music as viewed through the genre of the trio
Revered as the ‘Father of the Symphony’ and the ‘Father of the String Quartet’, Joseph Haydn has picked up the affectionate nickname of ‘Papa’.
This week Donald Macleod views Haydn through the prism of his compositions for trio. Haydn composed regularly for three instruments, including for strings with keyboard, with flute and on their own.
Macleod focuses on one trio per episode, the first being Trio No. 18 in E major, written shortly after the composer began working under the patronage of the court of Esterházy in Eisenstadt.