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Unlocking the Masters Series, No. 6

By Franz Joseph Haydn

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Unlocking the Masters Series, No. 6. Composed by Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809). Unlocking the Masters. Softcover Audio Online. 216 pages. Amadeus Press #1574671162. Published by Amadeus Press (HL.331671).

Item Number: HL.331671
ISBN 1574671162. 6x9 inches.

No composer has ever achieved the amazing progression that Haydn has. He invented the string quartet as we know it today, became “the Father of the Symphony,” and founded the greatest school in the history of music. His life was one of ceaseless experimentation and invention, of problems surmounted and challenges met.

In this book, No. 6 in the Amadeus Press Unlocking the Masters series, David Hurwitz acquaints readers with Haydn's innovative melodic creativity, his revolutionary use of musical form, and important characteristics of his personal style, including his genius for writing in minor keys and creating comedy in his music. In addition to Haydn's principal instrumental works, Hurwitz explores Haydn's vocal music and instrumental masterpieces that fall outside the mainstream. Four appendixes list all of his symphonies, string quartets, piano sonatas, and piano trios. Over two and a half hours of music keyed to pieces described in the book are available online using the unique code in each book.

About Unlocking the Masters

Ideal for music lovers, beginners and beyond. Each book comes with a CD (or CDs) to enhance the reader's appreciation for the music and its composer. Unlocking the Masters defines and clarifies the "greatness" of the so-called great composers, examines the work and impact of individual composers, and deepens knowledge of composers for music lovers. Accompanying CDs creatively link the music and text.