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Franz Josef Haydn

Franz Joseph Haydn is the most companionable composer. His music is accessible in an almost daily way, without overwhelming us. The whole panoply of life is there but in scale, humanely so, without grotesque exaggeration... May 31st...
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The “Seven Last Words of Christ" can seen as the verbal expression of an interior reality: namely, the mind of Christ, as formed according to a deeply ingrained, habitual life practice of living mindfully according to the Lord’s Prayer...

Johann Michael Haydn The 1984 film Amadeus brought to the general public's attention that many minor composers of music—such as Antonio Salieri, the rival of Wolfgang Mozart depicted in the movie—have been forgotten by...

Across the centuries, composers have been inspired by the twin dramas of human conflict and the subsequent making of peace. Here are ten great pieces of classical music that dramatize war, celebrate its resolution, and recall its sacrifices.

As I write, the fifth anniversary of The Imaginative Conservative is just days away. Since its founding on July 10, 2010, our journal has published nearly 3,500 essays, which, if bound together, would constitute in length the equivalent of...

“He alone has the secret of making me smile and touching me to the bottom of my soul.” —W.A. Mozart on Franz Joseph Haydn He has been called “the poor man’s...