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Playing Before the Lord: The Life and Work of Joseph Haydn
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Playing Before the Lord: The Life and Work of Joseph Haydn


Eerdmans 2014

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Franz Joseph Haydn (1732–1809) has been called the father of the symphony and the string quartet. A friend of Mozart and a teacher of Beethoven, “Papa” Haydn composed an amazing variety of music—symphonies, string quartets, concerti, masses, operas, oratorios, keyboard works—and his prolific output celebrates both the heights and depths of life.

In this fascinating book, Calvin Stapert combines his skills as a biographer and a musicologist to recount Haydn’s steady rise from humble origins to true musical greatness. Unlike other biographers, Stapert argues that Haydn’s work was a product of his devout Catholic faith, even though he worked mainly as a court musician and the bulk of his output was in popular genres. In addition to telling Haydn’s life story, Stapert includes accessible listening guides to The Creation and portions of other well-known works to help Haydn listeners more fully appreciate the brilliance behind his music.

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Key Features

  • Blends the inspiring story and music of a truly great composer into a compelling narrative
  • Focuses on the influence of Catholicism and faith on Haydn’s life

Product Details

  • Title: Playing Before the Lord: The Life and Work of Joseph Haydn
  • Author: Calvin R. Stapert
  • Publisher: Eerdmans
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 272

About the Calvin R. Stapert

Calvin R. Stapert is professor emeritus of music at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. His previous books include My Only Comfort: Death, Deliverance, and Discipleship in the Music of Bach; Handel’s Messiah: Comfort for God’s People; and A New Song for an Old World: Musical Thought in the Early Church