Joseph Haydn could not be idle
"The distribution of hours and the resultant order might seem machine-like to some of my readers."
Welcome to the fifth issue of Subtle Maneuvers. Hope everyone is doing OK in these disorienting times! This week, a comforting dose of daily order from early-19th-century Austria.
Joseph Haydn (1732–1809)
The Austrian composer spent his last decade in a comfortable house in the Vienna suburb of Gumpendorf, where he devoted himself to the composition of large religious works for chorus and orchestra. Haydn’s assistant recorded the composer’s Gumpendorf routine: