|COMPOSER, ORGANIST (HOLY ROMAN EMPIRE)|
BORN 14 Sep 1737, Rohrau, Niederösterreich - DIED 6 Aug 1806, Salzburg|
BIRTH NAME Haydn, Johann Michael
GRAVE LOCATION Salzburg: St. Petersfriedhof, Domplatz (Kommunengruft, Crypt LIV (near the entrance to the catacombs))
Like his older brother Joseph, Michael Haydn started his musical career as a boy soprano at St. Stephen's Cathedral in Vienna. the choir was directed by Georg Reutter and other singers were the future composers Johann Georg Albrechtsberger and Franz Joseph Aumann. When he was twelve years old he acted as substitute organist at the cathedral. and started writing his own compositions.
In 1753 his voice broke and he left the choir. In 1760 he obtained the position of musical director at Großwardein (now Oradea in Romania) and in 1762 he became concert master at Salzburg where he remained until his death. In 1768 he married the singer Maria Magdalena Lipp (1745-1827). Their only child, a daughter, died just within a year. In Salzburg Carl Maria von Weber and Anton Diabelli were among his pupils. At some point his drinking habits were criticized by Leopold Mozart.
In 1802 he was offered positions by Prince Esterházy as well as the Grand Duke of Tuscany, but he decided to stay in Salzburg. He died there in 1806.
was a friend of Albrechtsberger, Johann Georg
is brother/sister of Haydn, Joseph
was teacher to Weber, Carl Maria von
Michael Haydn â€“ Wikipedia