Joseph Haydn ( 1732-1809 ) And Ludwig Van Beethoven

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Both Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) and Ludwig Van Beethoven (1770-1827) as composers, had elements of their environment, personalities and emotions that served as creative inspiration in their music. Both composers’ contributions had profound effects on Western music. According to Greenberg (2009), music composers are basically just people “who generally prefer their own company to that of others and work best when left alone; they have typically a rather intense personality, not necessarily an antisocial personality, but not necessarily the easiest person in the world to get along with either, except for Joseph Haydn. Haydn was apparently just a great guy. He had no chip on his shoulder and was self-confident without ever being arrogant. He had a great sense of humor and was a bit of a practical joker” (L21). Haydn was said to have been a very pleasant and humorous, yet emotionally expressive person which was reflected in his upbeat and humorous compositions. Haydn was so beloved by his students, they called him papa. During the eighteenth century, nobility surpassed the church as employers of music composers which allowed composers secular expression and more creative freedom. While in his late twenties, Haydn became Kapellmeister to Prince Esterhazy in Vienna. Without the burden of financial worries, Haydn was able to experiment with symphonic compositions and created music like no other before him. Although he did not invent the symphony Joseph Haydn would later be

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