Essays reaching into music history
The essays below take a more 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"
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.
The video to the right features Smithsonian curator, Kenneth Slowik, discussing Joseph Haydn and an instrument called a baryton.
See collections objects related to Haydn and explore other music events and people from 50, 100, 150, 200, and 250 years ago in the collection, Music Anniversaries in 2018.
This spotlight was created by Kate Duffus Stein on behalf of Smithsonian Music.