Joseph Franz Haydn was an Austrian composer of the Classical era. He helped set the forms and techniques for the string quartet and the symphony. Haydn got primary education in music from his cousin when he was a boy. He was later choralist of St. Stephen's Cathedral in Vienna, where he acquired functional music but no theory. Haydn taught himself mostly through his musical studies after being evicted because his voice changed.
Haydn was a remarkably prolific musician, and some of his most famous works include the London Symphonies, The Creation, Trumpet Concerto, and Cello Concerto No. 2 in D Major. His works are often described as light, brilliant, and sophisticated.
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