Franz Joseph Haydn

Franz Joseph Haydn (1732–1809) was an Austrian composer, one of the most prolific and prominent composers of the Classical period. He is often called the "Father of the Symphony" and "Father of the String Quartet" because of his important contributions to these forms.

He was also instrumental in the development of the piano trio and in the evolution of sonata form.

A lifelong resident of Austria, Haydn spent much of his career as a court musician for the wealthy Esterházy family on their remote estate. Isolated from other composers and trends in music until the later part of his long life, he was, as he put it, "forced to become original". At the time of his death, he was one of the most celebrated composers in Europe.

Compositions by Franz Joseph Haydn appear on

Haydn Opus 20


As first prize winners of the 9th Banff International String Quartet Competition, the Tinalley String Quartet was awarded the opportunity to make this CD at The Banff Centre, Banff, Alberta, Canada.

Concert Organ Masterpieces


Masterpieces from the concert organ repertoire performed on the magnificent organ at St John's Church, Toorak, Melbourne. The works included were drawn from Thomas Heywood's series of annual Grand Organ Concerts at the church.

Melbourne Windpower


Directed by Richard Runnels. Features wind octets by Haydn, C.P.E. Bach, Beethoven, Bozza and Australian Graham Powning. Recorded in the exceptionally clear and natural acoustic of the Melbourne Concert Hall.

Move to Mozart - Music for movement: resting and running


Instrumental music for resting and running. Children always move to music and rhythmic movement is the foundation to much of our learning. John Seal employs a colourful variety of percussion instruments, as well as flute, guitar and acoustic bass.

Haydn 250th Birthday Celebration


Ronald Farren-Price performs three major Haydn works.

Sing Out With Joy


The Cantus Choro directed by Peter Chapman. Imaginative organ accompaniments by Norman Kaye give these 17 well-known hymns a new dramatic impact.

Sydney Opera House Concert Hall Grand Organ


This CD contains historic recordings made during the inaugural recital series in 1979 when the organ was launched.

Birds Bees and Butterflies


Songs of Love of Springtime sung by Pamela Wainwright and accompanied by Andrew Frampton.

Binneas Quartet


A stunning collection of string quartets by Haydn, Bartók and Dvorák.

Pianists of Excellence


The Team of Pianists has achieved acclaim throughout Europe and Australia for their vitality and freshness in technique. Features solo, duo and two piano works Haydn, Schubert, Schumann, Chopin, Brahms and Sculthorpe.