The chief attraction of Eisenstadt was, of course, that Haydn lived there. Kapellmeister under a succession of Esterhzys, he conducted his little orchestra, mothered his young musicians and created his rich harmonies and buoyant melodies. He also had enjoyed two highly satisfactory sojourns in England - the London symphonies attest to that. Now he welcomed the score of his cantata Arianna a Naxos, in which Emma had expressed particular interest.
Not since her early days in Naples, when the singing master came three times a day and household servants doubled as fiddlers, had Emma been so completely surrounded by music. Esterhzy provided a partridge shoot, fireworks and a ball as well, but music reigned. At one concert, to Haydn's accompaniment, Emma sang the alto aria from Arianna; critical assessment of her voice varied, but the audience was ecstatic. Haydn rewarded her with the manuscripts of two of his songs. Clearly, he was taken with her beauty; perhaps, too, her presence recalled a certain London romance still warm in his memory. If he knew of her dubious past, or suspected her unconventional present, he gave no signReuse content