The Year of Joseph Haydn

In the last three decades, the music of Joseph Haydn has been enjoying a renaissance. Once seen as merely prolific, he is now recognized as a composer who was perhaps the first master of the Viennese classical period. This year is the 250th anniversary of Haydn’s birth and Eisenstadt, the site of the Esterházy Palace where Haydn lived and worked, will mount a major International Haydn Festival with concerts to be held in the palace and in the Bergkirche (above). Eisenstadt will also hold the largest exhibition ever assembled on Haydn, “Joseph Haydn in the Context of His Times.”