Franz Joseph Haydn (born 31st March 1732), is one of the most famous classical composer of the 18th century. He was from Austria. Mostly he worked in the “symphony” and “string quartet” genres of classical music. He was also a revolutionary instrumentalist.
For most part of his musical career, he remained a court musician; playing for the wealthy aristocrats at their distant estates. This isolation from rest of the prevailing classical music at that time helped Haydn to build up his signature style, which was unlike any other musician. He was close to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and was the teacher of Ludwig van Beethoven. His music was diverse owing to the fact that he was initially a courtroom musician. His contributions to music also led to the development of the sonata form of music. He also intentionally introduced vague chords in few symphonies that sounded funny.
He succeeded in almost every genre of music. He is the father of the symphony and string quartet. No other musician had such an impact on these genres. He had an incredible life as a classical musician. He became the most recognized composers in Europe. He died on 31st May 1809.