International Haydn Festival
From: Thursday, September 6 2007, 10:00 am
to: Sunday, September 16 2007, 5:00 pm
When Haydn died in 1809, he was regarded as the greatest of all living composers. Most of his career was intertwined with the Esterházy family, and he spent nearly 50 years in their employment. The country seat of the family was built at Eisenstadt, and the wonderful palace is now home to an annual Haydn Festival, the International Haydntage (literally, "Haydn Days").
The brainchild of Adam Fischer, who founded the Austro-Hungarian Haydn Orchestra and recorded all 104 numbered symphonies (and two others besides) in Eisenstadt, the Hadyntage annually explores the amazing amount of music Haydn composed, from symphonies to chamber works, opera to piano sonatas and masses to concertos.