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Haydn Joseph

The Austrian composer Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) was awarded 400 guilders annual fee by Paul II Anton Fürst Esterházy (1711-1762) in 1761 as second Kapellmeister after Eisenstadt appointed. Here he spent almost forty years of his life in the princely service and composed his finest works, for example the symphonies "Die Schöpfung", "Die Jahreszeiten" and the "Kaiserquartett" with the Germany melody. His complete works comprise 104 symphonies, 60 piano sonatas and 13 Italian operas.

Joseph Haydn received a small portion of his fee for the time being, as was customary back then, in temperaments such as wine (the princely administrator received 18 "Forchtensteiner buckets" a year, that was the equivalent of 1,566 liters). Haydn was this city and the wine culture of the Burgenland very connected and the noble drops from this area were among his favorite wines, Therefore, he later paid off as Hofkapellmeister a 30-member band a larger part of his now doubled salary (800 guilders annually) until his death as a deputy from the princely wineries in the community Donnerskirchen.

There was among others named after the reformer famous Lutherwein stored and the present there "Haydn barrel" reminiscent of the artist. Prince Nikolaus Esterházy (1714-1790) offered Joseph Haydn one day to pay his fee in gold ducats instead of the wine deputy. But Haydn refused indignantly, because he did not want to give up the "liquid salary", it was more important to him than gold. In old age Haydn received one more from the prince Malaga He also credited the enjoyment of this wine with the "excellent preservation of his life". Wine has positively influenced and inspired Haydn in creating his immortal works. His students included Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827). In homage to the composer was the "Association for the promotion of the Eisenstadt wine industry" of the brand wine "The Creation" was created as white wine (Pinot Blanc) and as red wine ( Blaufränkisch ) and pressed according to strict rules.

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