Haydn In Public And Private – Coursework Example

Haydn in Public and Private Describe the social context of Haydns string quartet as it was received in Haydns day.
Publically, the string quarter in the days of Haydn was received with not enthusiasm but admiration. People who attended concerts often arrived late, during the second half of the performance. For this reason, good singers like Haydn often played after the first half. Also the audience talked during the performance and applause during the performance was more per functionary rather than genuine (Concert Life in London from Mozart to Haydn, C, 60). In contrast, music in the home was created by amateurs where women played a more important part than men (Music in the Home, A, 211).
2. Describe the social context of Haydns symphony 94 as it was received.
Haydn’s Symphony 94 was received with much enthusiasm. During the time of Haydn, concerts were not listened to attentively but it was Haydn’s pieces such as Symphony 94 that brought a lull in the conversation (Haydn’s reception in London, D, 315) during the performance and people even applauded or got emotional after listening to his performance. With this symphony, Haydn became an idol who was comparable to Shakespeare (Haydn’s First Visit to London, B, 242)
3. Compare and contrast these two contexts - some things you could mention are audiences and social class, performance spaces, ideals of each genre of music, etc.
Haydn’s was received quite well in the London society, much better than the rest of the musicians and performers. While in an average concert, people arrived late and even then did not attentively listen to the music. However, Haydn’s concert was attentively listened and people responded more warmly to it with more emotions infused (Haydn’s First Visit to London, B, 244) even though the audience was similar. The only difference was that Haydn’s concerts were placed during the second half, since people arrived fashionably late (Concert Life in London from Mozart to Haydn, C, 61)