haydn, franz josef

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Haydn, Franz Josef [(heyed-n)]

An eighteenth-century Austrian composer, one of the great composers of the classic era. Haydn is credited with establishing the symphony as a musical form. Of his more than one hundred symphonies, Surprise Symphony and Clock Symphony are especially well known. He also composed many string quartets.

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