Trapped in a long and loveless marriage with a woman who hated music, Haydn had to look elsewhere for affection, and during a stay in London he was smitten by a stylish 60-year-old widow to whom - since she was a fine pianist - he dedicated a set of piano trios.
Compared to wrestling with a cello, women could still look pretty while they were playing the piano
'I think being in my band would make Brian Eno angry'
Colin Horsley, the New Zealand pianist who made his home in Britain, was first noticed at an end-of-term concert at the Royal College of Music in 1941 when he displayed "almost alarming virtuosity" in a performance of the Saint-Saëns G minor piano concerto. A reviewer wrote: "he can do everything and does it with ease".
Next week, young Iraqi musicians make their international concert debut in Britain. Paul Bignell reports on the obstacles they faced
Plan B has stormed to the top of the charts with his new album, film soundtrack Ill Manors.
Daniel Barenboim displays persuasive subtlety and style with his complete cycle of Beethoven's symphonies at the Proms
Brandon Flowers & Co's previous album brought forth the famous (infamous) lyric: "Are we human, or are we dancer?" But the artwork for the Nevadans' new LP Battle Born ups the ante. It features not only a lovely cod-metal lightning strike but a horse and a car (a mustang and a Mustang!) playing a game of chicken.
The follow-up to Mumford & Son's hugely successful debut album will hit record stores on 25 September.
Classical music’s talent-spotting schemes don’t always work - as witness the fortysomethings desperately trying to recreate their brief fame as 'BBC young musician of the year' - but Radio 3's New Generation Artist scheme is an exception. Successive concerts by two NGA ensembles this week reinforced the point that this title is a copper-bottomed accolade.
The most infectious song I heard all week is the new track by long-running New York Afrobeat crew Antibalas.
This masterly work of fiction illuminates the music, and magic, of the bagpipes
Richard Adler co-wrote the scores for two of the 20th century's biggest musical hits, The Pajama Game (1954) and Damn Yankees (1955). Both ran for over a thousand performances, won Tony Awards as best musical, and yielded several song standards.
In looking to the future yesterday, England's selectors turned to the past. They resurrected Ian Bell's one-day career for the third time by asking him to fill the role of opening batsman vacated by Kevin Pietersen. It is a risky business, not quite supported by Bell's previous record over 108 matches, but it is based on the sound reasoning that it may be as well to pick the most gifted batsman in the country.
In looking to the future yesterday, England's selectors turned to the past. They resurrected Ian Bell's one-day career for the third time by asking him to fill the role of opening batsman vacated by Kevin Pietersen.
Radio 1 and Bafta back month-long training programme for London borough's young people