Date of Graduation
College of Creative Arts
School of Music
The compositional career of Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) spans a crucial period in Western musical history. Haydn's early compositions show the influence of the late Baroque, while his late symphonies and Masses can be heard as early examples of musical Romanticism. At this same time, the development of new wind instruments within European military bands heavily influenced the establishment of the symphony orchestra, as instruments initially deemed inappropriate for indoor performance became accepted as core members of the ensemble. Haydn's critical role in the growth of the symphony has long been acknowledged, but the increasing sophistication of his wind writing over the course of his work, and the importance of this development to his overall symphonic style, is often overlooked. Viewed in its historical context, Haydn's career can be seen as a microcosm of the evolution of symphonic music over the course of the late 1700s and early 1800s, particularly in regard to the role of wind instruments in that evolution.
Neiderhiser, Jonathan, "Franz Joseph Haydn's writing for wind instruments and the evolution of the military band and orchestral wind section" (2008). Graduate Theses, Dissertations, and Problem Reports. 2845.