Joseph Haydn: Applausus#
Joseph Haydn (1732 Rohrau/Lower
Austria - 1809 Vienna) composed the Applausus for Abbot Rainer
Kollmann's .golden anniversary of becoming a priest on commission by
the Zwettl Monastery in 1768. This composition shows close affinities
to a table decoration (Picture) that was also presented to the Abbot on
this occasion. The four cardinal virtues (Temperantia, Prudentia,
Justitia und Fortitudo) and Theology are expressed both with music and
with sculptures. Since Haydn couldn't be there for the performance, he
wrote a famous letter containing directions about how to perform the
work. He also had the work copied for himself because he felt it
souldn't be performed just once and then forgotten. He later used the
music in several smaller church works. (E. Stadler)
© Sound: opus 111, 37, rue Blomet, 75015 Paris, CD-Nr. OPS 61-9207/08.
© Picture: MAK Österreichisches Museum für angewandte Kunst Wien.