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Wyn Jones, David.
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Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, [2002]

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xxi, 515 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
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In his lifetime Joseph Haydn enjoyed huge popularity throughout Europe. As a composer of symphonies, quartets, masses, and oratorios he was readily acknowledged by Mozart, Beethoven, and others as a commanding figure. He is one of the founding fathers of classical music, yet only in the last50 years have his works become available in reliable editions, and much biographical detail has come to light at the same time. Meanwhile, his music is more popular today than it has been at any time since his death. This detailed, scholarly, and lively Companion draws together a wealth ofbiographical detail and expert analysis for the the first time in an accessible, engaging format. It covers Haydn's life and times, and his music, including its performance and reception. The Companion focuses on the period of Haydn's life (1732-1809), but extends forward to the end of the 20th century, to cover Haydn's reputation in the 19th century, attempts at complete editions, and modern scholarship. Selected feature entries cover such topics as Haydn's life and personality,major genres in which he worked, performance practice, dissemination, and the Enlightenment. The A-Z text is complemented by a full list of Haydn's works, family trees, and a list of first lines.

Author Notes

David Wyn Jones is Senior Lecturer in Music at the University of Wales, Cardiff
Mark Evan Bonds, University of North Carolina
Peter Branscombe, St Andrews
A. Peter Brown, Indiana University
Barry Cooper, Manchester University
Lindsay Kemp, BBC, London
H. C. Robbins Landon, Toulouse, author of Haydn: Chronicle and Works
Simon MeVeigh, Goldsmiths College, University of London
Gerda Mraz, Vienna
John A. Rice, Rochester, Minnesota
David Schroeder, Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia
Elaine Sisman, Columbia University
Rita Steblin, Vienna

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Similar in format to the Oxford Composer Companions book on J. S. Bach (1999), this well-planned, scholarly encyclopedia is a comprehensive and informative reference source on the life, music, and times of the prolific and influential eighteenth-century composer of classical music. A "Thematic Overview" listing the book's entries under broad topics and then subdivided by specific subjects related to Haydn helps readers focus on the areas of knowledge they are researching (e.g., biography; composers; family, friends, and acquaintances; cities, towns, and villages; individual musical works). This is followed by a Haydn family genealogical chart and a sketchy map of Europe and England. The main body of the encyclopedia consists of almost 1,000 alphabetically arranged entries related to Haydn's life, music, and historical era. Each entry is followed by the initials of the author, whose full name can be determined by referring to a list of contributors located at the beginning of the book. Many entries also cite one or two sources used in the preparation of the entry. In addition, there are several megaentries that give in-depth treatment to subjects like Haydn's life, his compositional method, the keyboard sonata, and the symphony. Appendixes include a list of Haydn's works in chart format, noting details like instruments scored for, musical key, date, and Hoboken number as well as a chart of "text incipits" noting movements in Haydn's vocal music cross-referenced to the Hoboken catalogue. There is unfortunately no index, which would help readers identify specific subjects within the text of entries. This reference source provides comprehensive and accurate information similar to that found in the 100-page article on Haydn in The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (2d ed, Groves, 2001). It is most useful as a complement to The New Grove Dictionary in academic libraries supporting graduate-level programs in music and in large public libraries.Reference Books in Brief The following is a list of additional recent and recommended reference sources.

Library Journal Review

This encyclopedia on Haydn's life, works, and influence could provide the basis for a Hollywood biopic on the composer, whose music-along with Mozart's and Beethoven's-defines an era. Jones (music, Univ. of Wales) presents more than 900 authoritative, accessible articles by 41 contributors on the surroundings (Eszterh za, Vienna), people (family, teachers, composers, performers, patrons), in-the-air ideas (Josephinism, Freemasonry), and musical genres (mass, quartet, symphony) that informed the composer, along with entries on his compositions and the long-range influence of his inventions (on everything from Brahms to the name of a pastry). Within an article, a word may be printed in small capital letters, indicating that it has a separate entry. Two useful appendixes list Haydn's works (with nicknames-Surprise!-and a key to how the works are listed in New Grove) and give text incipits to vocal works cross-referenced to the Hoboken catalog. Though an index would have been preferable, a "Thematic Overview" helps locate entries of like nature, e.g., "Catalogues, Diaries and Iconography" (five entries), "Structures and Style [of Haydn's music]" (ten entries), and "Performers" (53 entries). The front matter also includes family trees and a map of Haydn's world. Formatted much like the first entry in this series (on Bach), this is indeed the first encyclopedia on the composer, and it is highly recommended for all devotees of Western concert music and their libraries.-Bonnie Jo Dopp, Univ. of Maryland Libs., College Park (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

One of the greatest composers of Western classical music, Haydn (1732-1809) has not been well served in English-language reference resources. Jones, author of The Life of Beethoven (CH, Sep'99) and editor of Music in Eighteenth-Century Britain (2000) and the festschrift for H.C. Robbins Landon, Studies in Music History (1996), is an established scholar of the music and composers of the Viennese classical school. He and his contributors (also established scholars) have created a reference source that surpasses the benchmark set by the previous volume in this series (on J.S. Bach). General articles of greater than average length devote extra attention to biographical and compositional topics of special significance in Haydn studies. An intermittent anecdotal tone makes palatable the sometimes arid data and narrative. This volume will be useful to persons who need quick, specific information about Haydn, his works, and 18th-century style. Collections that lack monographic and foreign-language depth will find this book most useful. C. A. Kolczynski Boston Public Library

Table of Contents

Note to the Readerp. ix
Thematic Overviewp. xi
A Haydn family treep. xv
An Esterhazy family treep. xvi
Map of the principal cities, towns, and villages in which Haydn worked or which he visitedp. xvii
Contributorsp. xix
List of Abbreviationsp. xxi
Oxford Composer Companions: Haydnp. 1
1 List of Haydn's worksp. 443
2 Text incipitsp. 505