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Franz Joseph Haydn
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Composer
    (March 31, 1732-May 31, 1809)
    Resided in Austria and Hungary
    Kapellmeister to the court of Prince Eszterházy
    Famous for his symphonies, including ‘Surprise,’ ‘London,’ ‘The Hen’ and ‘The Bear’
    Wrote chamber music, oratorios and operas
    Friend and teacher of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Nickname was ‘Papa’
    He sang soprano as a teenager.
    When his voice changed, he got fired from the local choir.
    His face was hideously scarred from smallpox.
    He hated his wife, and cheated on her.
    He and his musicians once walked out in the middle of a performance to protest their low wages.
    He grew up poor.
    As a boy, he was apprenticed to a cousin, who dressed him in rags and barely fed him.
    He is considered one of the greatest symphony composers.
    He influenced many other composers, including his student, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
    His music imitates chickens clucking, bears growling, and many other natural sounds.
    He was friendly and well liked.
    His employees considered him a great boss.

Credit: Wieland Kalligaro


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