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Haydn Joseph

The Austrian composer Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) received Paul II Anton Fürst for 400 guilders a year Esterházy (1711-1762) after 1761 as second conductor Eisenstadt appointed. Here he spent almost 40 years of his life in the princely service and composed his most beautiful works, for example the symphonies "The Creation", "The Seasons" and the "Imperial Quartet" with the Germany melody. His entire work comprises 104 symphonies, 60 piano sonatas and 13 Italian operas.

Joseph Haydn received a small portion of his fee initially, as was customary at the time, in kind, such as wine (the princely administrator received 18 “Liechtenstein buckets” annually, this was the equivalent of 1,566 liters). Haydn was this city and the wine culture of the Burgenland very connected and the noble wines from this area were among his favorite wines, That is why he later had a larger part of his doubled salary (800 guilders annually) paid out as court director of a princely cellar in the parish of Donnerskirchen until he died.

There was among other things the famous after the reformer Lutherwein stored and the “Haydn barrel” located there today is reminiscent of the artist. One day Prince Nikolaus Esterházy (1714-1790) offered Joseph Haydn to pay his fee in full in gold ducats instead of the wine deposit. But Haydn indignantly refused, because he did not want to do without the “liquid salary”, it was more important to him than gold. In old age, Haydn often received one from the prince Malaga he gave the enjoyment of this wine as "excellent preservation of his life". Wine has influenced and inspired Haydn positively in the creation of his immortal works. His students included Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827). As a tribute to the composer, the "Association for the Promotion of the Eisenstadt Wine Industry" brand wine "The Creation" created as white wine (Pinot Blanc) and as red wine ( Blaufränkisch ) and pressed according to strict rules.

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