This is a story from the More Famous Composers collection.
The first volume of Famous Composers, written by Darren Henley and read by Marin Alsop, the American conductor, won a prestigious Audie in the US. Here, Henley and the Naxos AudioBooks team bring the combination of an entertaining but informative "life" and numerous musical selections to a further set of six composers: Handel, Haydn, Mendelssohn, Chopin, Rachmaninov, and contemporary artist Paul Williams.
This short biography by Darren Henley details the life and work of 18th-century Austrian composer Franz Joseph Haydn. Unlike many musical geniuses of the past, Haydn led a long and cheerful life while still managing to become one of the most celebrated composers in Europe. Marin Alsop's no-nonsense delivery makes her performance clear and compelling. She lets the fascinating material carry the weight here. Meanwhile, occasional fun sound effects add some flair, and musical interludes illustrate Haydn's compositional style. Music buffs will enjoy this audiobook and the series it comes from, More Famous Composers.
"The pleasantly voiced Marin Alsop once again acts as musical tour guide, giving historical context and sharing engaging bits of information... while also calling our attention to interesting, illustrative moments in the music. Though clearly designed for children, this engaging audio experience is educational for a wide audience." (AudioFile)
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