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Joseph Haydn

Joseph Haydn

Fact Sheet

Musical genre:Classical  
Birthday31 March 1732
Date of deathMay 31, 1809 (age 77)
(Franz) Joseph Haydn (in German, Josef; he never used the Franz) was a leading composer of the classical period. He was the brother of Michael Haydn, a composer, and Johann Evangelist Haydn, a tenor singer.

A life-long resident of Austria, Haydn spent most of his career as a court musician for the wealthy Eszterházy family, on their remote estate. Being isolated from other composers and trends in music, he was, as he put it, "forced to become original".