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Celebrate Music in 2018

Stories reaching into music history

Take an in-depth look at some of the events and people highlighted in the collection, Music Anniversaries in 2018

1968 - "Peace Songs of the 1960s"
1918 - "Women in World War I"
1868 - "William Steinway and Richard Wagner"
1818 - "Western Music in Meiji Japan"
1768 - "Mozart: In Search of the Roots of Genius"

Collections Sampler: 1818-1968

In 1768, 250 years ago, Joseph Haydn was newly promoted to the position of music director for the court of Nikolaus I, Prince Esterhazy.  In this role, he wrote a three-act opera, Lo speziale (The Apothecary), which premiered as the inaugural opera of the Esterháza opera house in late 1768.

This spotlight was created by Kate Duffus Stein on behalf of Smithsonian Music.