Mathias Haydn

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Birthday
31, 1699
Birthplace
Austria
Death Date
Sep 12, 1763 (64)
Birth Sign
Aquarius
Birthday
31, 1699
Birthplace
Austria
Death Date
Sep 12, 1763 (64)

About

Austrian wheelwright who was best known as the father of the renowned composers Joseph and Michael Haydn. His son, Michael Haydn, composed sacred choral works. Michael's brother, Joseph Haydn, was the more prolific and prominent composer of the two and composed symphonies, string quartets, and other classical works.

Before Fame

He studied his trade as an apprentice and spent 10 years as a journeyman before returning to his home village.

Trivia

He was market judge of Rohrau from 1741 until 1761.

Family Life

He and his wife, Maria Koller, had twelve children, only half of whom survived infancy. He had the pleasure of watching two of his sons grow up to be master composers. A lover of music himself, he played an important role in launching his sons' musical careers.

Associated With

He was said by many to be poor, and even Ludwig van Beethoven allegedly remarked about the impoverished upbringing of his sons; historians, however, have disputed the truth of this claim.