Haydn And Beethoven : Classical And Romantic Composers

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Background
Both Haydn and Beethoven are known as two of the greatest classical/romantic composers in the history of music. Haydn is identified as the father of modern symphony, as well as the father of the string quartet. He has played an essential role in developing the piano trio and the sonata form. Beethoven is also a widely recognized composer in Western music, his style joined the lull between the Classical and Romantic eras. Beethoven traveled to Vienna when he was young to study under Haydn. However, due to disputes and differences between the two composers, lessons only lasted for a little over a year. The teachings, if only for a short period, left a mark on Beethoven, and can be observed in his compositions.
When comparing compositions of the two composers, the two composers differ in several areas, such as form, tonality, theme, and structure. Haydn’s compositions were more relevant with the classical era. His pieces were more constructed on melody and vastly linear. Whereas Beethoven set off to use more of a dynamic contrasting sound in his compositions. First off, comparing a movement in Haydn’s symphony No. 95 in C minor and Beethoven’s symphony No. 5.
The first movement of both pieces start off in their own unique way. Haydn’s work begins stridently with a quick timpani strike accompanied by the strings, then is followed by a toned-down melody in C-minor. The second theme of Haydn’s first movement is more jovial sounding and is in C-major. After the…
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