‘A stroke of fortune’ - From the Archive: September 1903


In his early life, Franz Joseph Haydn supported himself as a violinist. T. Lamb Phipson gives an account of the composer’s formative years

Whilst Haydn was a little boy, about eight years of age, it happened that Herr Reutter, the choir-master of St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna, accidentally made his acquaintance. This choir-master induced his father to allow Haydn to go to Vienna, for Haydn was endowed by nature with a very sweet quality of voice…

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