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Composer of the Week

Johann Michael Haydn (1737-1806)

Episode 1: A Choral Scholar

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3Latest broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Donald Macleod explores the pre-Salzburg days of the man who would became known as the Salzburg Haydn - Joseph's brother Michael Haydn.

Having a world famous composer for a brother isn't easy. Despite being hugely respected in his own lifetime and thought, especially in sacred music, to be at least the equal of Franz Joseph, Michael Haydn has not been kindly dealt with by history. A modest man, comfortable in his Salzburg surrounds, Michael Haydn's lack of ambition seems to have held him back, and his works are rarely heard today. This week Donald Macleod tries to redress the balance by exploring the life and work of a composer admired and respected by Mozart, and revered by Schubert.

In today's programme, Donald explores Michael Haydn's early years as a choral scholar with his brother Joseph, and then in his first appointment to bishop Baron Adam Patachich in the town of Grosswardein.

Michael Haydn: Symphony in D major, MH 287 - Finale
German Chamber Academy Neus
Johannes Goritski, conductor

Michael Haydn: Missa Sanctae Crucis, MH 56
Purcell Choir
Members of Orfeo Orchestra
Gyorgy Vashegyi, conductor

Michael Haydn: Symphony in G, MH 26
Savaria Baroque Orchestra
Pál Németh, conductor

Michael Haydn: Violin Concerto in B flat, MH 36 - 1st movement
Barnabas Kelemen, violin
Erkel Ferenc Chamber Orchestra

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