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Becoming a complete Kapellmeister: Haydn and Mattheson's 'Der vollkommene Capellmeister'

Jones, David Wyn 2010. Becoming a complete Kapellmeister: Haydn and Mattheson's 'Der vollkommene Capellmeister'. Studia Musicologica 51 (1-2) , pp. 29-40. 10.1556/SMus.51.2010.1-2.3

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Abstract

Both Griesinger and Dies identify Johann Mattheson’s treatise, Der vollkommene Capellmeister (1739), as an important influence on Haydn’s musical development in his youth. Perhaps because Griesinger then gives more emphasis to Fux than Mattheson, and Dies reports some disparaging remarks on the treatise by the aged Haydn, the range and nature of Mattheson’s likely influence on the young musician have not been fully explored. Several authors have alluded to the relevance of Mattheson’s comments on aesthetic matters but, in a more behavioural mode, the treatise lays emphasis too on the duties and expectations of a being a successful Kapellmeister, qualities that were to be exemplified in Haydn’s long career. The essay documents this wider, formative role, including Mattheson’s enthusiasm for all things English. Consideration of Mattheson’s influence leads to a more nuanced understanding of Haydn’s personal and musical education, or Bildung to a use a later concept.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Music
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > ML Literature of music
Uncontrolled Keywords: Joseph Haydn, Johann Mattheson, Die Schöpfung, John Milton
Publisher: Akadémiai Kiadó
ISSN: 1788-6244
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 03:01
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/15585

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