Celebrating Joseph Haydn And His Champion - H. C. Robbins Landon
A Retrospective Exhibition Of Their Manuscripts
This major exhibition explores the holdings of a collection belonging to the internationally recognized musicologist and world-class scholar on Joseph Haydn, H. C. Robbins Landon. The exhibition, while mainly focused on Landon's career long interest in Haydn, includes material on Landon, himself, as well. This material begins with Landon's days as a graduate student at Boston University. We see fragments from papers written by Landon during this period on "The String Quartets of Mozart and Haydn," among others. Landon's popularity as a student can be seen from his inclusion in "The Class Prophecy of 1947:" he was voted "boy most likely to succeed."
There are two large illuminated certificates, presentations to Landon that are used to bookend the exhibition. The first was presented to Landon from the State Assembly of Burgenland in Austria. The home province of Joseph Haydn honored Landon's extraordinary attention to the care of the work of this great composer. Alongside the citation is a two-volume manuscript copy of Joseph Haydn's opera, Armida, executed by Esterhazy copyist number 63, it also contains holograph corrections in Haydn's own hand
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The exhibition continues with a presentation of materials related to the London Concerts which includes a printed volume of an overture composed by Haydn specifically for the London Concerts. The title pages bear the signature of London Concert impresario J. P. Salomon, whose letter, searching hastily for a replacement musician, is also on display. There is also a handbill advertising the concerts and other sheet music of Haydn pieces popularized by the concerts.
The next case features first edition printed scores of Haydn pieces including, Stabat Mater, Orfeo e Euridice, Missa in Tempore Belli, VI Variations faciles et ageeables, The Seasons, and The Seven Words of Jesus on the Cross. Variant editions of Haydn's The Creation are shown in Italian, French and Swedish.
Landon's approach to collecting is one of great range, particularly where it comes to context. We have taken a number of 18th and early 19th century newspapers from Landon's collection and isolated articles on Joseph Haydn, enlarging them for easier viewing. They include reviews of concert performances as well as a well-documented dispute between Haydn and the playwright Brinsley Sheridan over Haydn's election into the National Institute of France over Sheridan - a ripe gossip item of the day.
There are pieces of Haydn's oeuvre on exhibition that were edited by H. C. Robbins Landon and pieces on Landon written by his colleagues. Such is the festschrift, Studies in Music History presented to H. C. Robbins Landon on his Seventieth Birthday, edited by Otto Biba and David Wynn Jones. Although the exhibition's focus is on Landon's work with Haydn, we include materials related to Landon's 1791: Mozart's Last Year, initially written to refute the loose facts portrayed in the film, AMADEUS. The second illuminated certificate can be found here, presented to Landon by the Society of the Friends of Music in Vienna for his unflagging work in promoting and preserving the world of music.
This exhibition is no longer on view.
H. C. Robbins Landon