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In the Name of the Lord

Donald Macleod explores Haydn's Catholic faith and the powerful religious drama he conveyed in many works. Includes Te Deum for the Empress Marie Therese in C, H XXIIIc 2.

Donald Macleod explores Haydn's Catholic faith, including how he was nearly castrated as a choirboy. The young composer's sense of mischief curtailed his career as a young singer at St Stephen's Cathedral in Vienna, when he cut off another boy's pigtail in a prank. His later career, though, demonstrated devout faith, with powerful religious drama conveyed in many works, including a depiction of the earthquake which followed Christ's death on the cross.

1 hour

Music Played

  • Joseph Haydn

    The Seven Last Words of our Saviour on the Cross – Il Terremoto

    Performer: Rosamunde Quartet

    • ECM New Series 1756 461 780-2.
    • 9.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Te Deum for the Empress Marie Therese in C for chorus, orchestra and organ

    Performer: (HobXXIIIc/2) Performer: The English Concert and Choir Performer: Nicholas Parle (organ) Performer: Trevor Pinnock (director)

    • Archiv 423 097-2.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Sonata for Keyboard No. 20 in C minor (HobXVI/20)

    Performer: Alfred Brendel (piano)

    • Philips 416 643-2.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Symphony No. 30 in C major, 'Alleluja'

    Performer: Philharmonia Hungarica Performer: Antal Dorati (conductor)

    • London 4485312.

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