Rescue me

I have never thought of Franz Joseph Haydn as heroic. Yet he gallantly came to my rescue twice today. Haydn was a brilliant classical composer, leading the way in the development of things we take so much for granted in music these days, such as the symphony; string quartets; and sonatas. He was a friend…

Every Good Boy Deserves Favour

The last of my 'Cs' is the composer Carl Czerny.  An Austrian musician, mainly a pianist, he was a student of none other than Beethoven.  And he had the great sense to be heavily influenced by him.  He was also the teacher of another amazing composer of piano music - Franz Listz.  This was Listz's…