In Search of Haydn
Directed by Phil Grabsky
$12 / $10 Speed members, University of Louisville students, Louisville Orchestra members, and Louisville Chamber Orchestra members
“The film rescues Haydn from any neglect he may previously have suffered.”—The Sunday Times
Phil Grabsky’s biographical account of Joseph Haydn’s life is a visual and aural extravaganza, including breathtaking performances by some of the world’s most celebrated musicians.
By speaking to some of the greatest exponents of Haydn’s music, this film redresses the balance and sheds light on the master and his work.
Haydn’s life spanned from the end of the Baroque period to Napoleon’s invasion of Vienna, outliving his younger friend, Mozart. He was one of the most prolific composers, producing more than 100 symphonies, 64 quartets, 16 extant operas, 51 piano sonatas, and two oratorios: The Creation and The Seasons.
Through intimate and revealing interviews with experts and detailed extracts from Haydn’s personal recollections, the audience gains not only tremendous insight into Haydn’s music, but also an appreciation of the artist himself.
Screened in conjunction with Haydn’s 288th birthday on March 31. 2012, U.K., DCP, 109 minutes.
Cinema + With a post-screening discussion with Dr. Rebecca Long, Music Theory Professor at the School of Music, University of Louisville.