Two hundred years ago today,
on May 31st, 1809,
in a room behind one of these windows,
the great Austrian composer Joseph Haydn
died at age 77,
in the presence of his faithful servants,
"in a blessed and gentle manner".
Haydn passed away
"not quite three weeks
after the second French invasion"
had utterly worn him out.
"In the early morning of May 12,
Napoleon's troops were assembled close by
on the Mariahilf Line of Defence.
"Haydn's servant reports:
'the bedroom door leapt right open
from these shots
and all the windows shook,
and our good Papa took fright at all this, ...
Photographed by Merisi
on May 30th, 2009,
at the Haydn House in Vienna,
The Haydn House
is open to visitors
Free entrance on Sundays
Clicking on the pictures
will lead to various
performances of works by
NPR - National Public Radio - celebrates
"A Feast Of Haydn String Quartets"
at WGBH Boston:
to read Cathy Fuller's article about Haydn
and to listen to the music.
"Haydn's Last Years"
Edited by Werner Hanak-Lettner und
on behalf of the Wien Museum