29. MARCH - 11. November 2019

 

Permanent Exhibition:
Joseph Haydn – his bourgeois life

Nowhere else is the private life and creative work of Joseph Haydn portrayed so comprehensively.

In painstakingly reconstructed rooms, including kitchen and bedroom, we encounter the diverse personality of Joseph Haydn.

The entrant in the gateway is immediately greeted on the left with a plaque bearing Haydn's most famous slogan: „My language is understood throughout the world“ - the answer to Mozart's concerns about Haydn's poor language skills in the English language on the evening before his departure in 1790 to England.

On the upper floor of the house, the visitor will be able to gain an insight into Haydn's private living spaces, which, after extensive restoration work, partly display the original wall decoration.

If you enter the first room where you should have knocked on your door during Haydn's time before a visit, you will learn the history of the house and Haydn's first years with the Princes Esterházy. Joseph Haydn entered by service contract on 1st May 1761 in the service of Prince Paul II Anton Esterházy as vice-conductor. After the death of his immediate superior Gregor Joseph Werner in 1766, he rose under the second Esterházy's Lord Prince Nikolaus Esterházy to the rank of conductor. This site required and made it possible for him in 1766 to acquire a town house in the Klostergasse 82, today's Haydn-Gasse. Haydn lived in this house with his wife for twelve years, during which it burned down twice almost to the ground. With the financial support of his employer, Haydn was able to rebuild it. The house also included a small garden in front of the city wall next to the former citizen hospital, which his wife managed and in whose garden house so many compositions of his origin. Even today, the tranquil garden with the pretty garden house can be visited by appointment.

Baroque living feeling

The room with the representative green mural painting may have been Haydn's living room, where the Haydn couple received their guests. It is known from Haydn's will that he also had a large collection of copperplate engravings - framing the rooms as framed pictures - and a rich library. The furniture of this room dates from the time of Joseph Haydn. The bust of Viennese biscuit porcelain by the Imperial Manufactory of Antonio Grassi is an authentic reflection of the composer.

An unhappy marriage

Haydn was married to Maria Anna Theresia Keller, daughter of an imperial wig maker. A small portrait medallion shows the wife of the composer - the only known image next to a medallion of her husband, as well as the marriage contract. The marriage remained childless. Haydn are said to have numerous affairs, ia. He had a love affair with the Italian singer in the Esterházy opera ensemble Luigia Polzelli, whom he had promised to marry, and supported her and her sons throughout his life. Antonio Polzelli is considered the common son of this connection.

The kitchen of the Haydn House is reconstructed in the style of the time. In addition to his pecuniary wages of 782 fl (gulden), Haydn also received a considerable amount of royalty items such as firewood, wine, lard, half a fattening pig, oats, cereals and candles or salt.

Küche im Haydn-Haus Eisenstadt, Foto: © Nicole Heiling
Kitchen in the Haydn-House Eisenstadt, Foto: © Heiling / Lorenz
Detailansicht Haydn-Haus Eisenstadt, Foto: © Nicole Heiling
Detailed view Haydn-House Eisenstadt, Foto: © Heiling / Lorenz
Detailansicht Haydn-Haus Eisenstadt, Foto: © Nicole Heiling
Detailed view Haydn-House Eisenstadt, Foto: © Heiling / Lorenz

Uniform & wig

The „Camer“ so called in his inventory, was probably Haydn's bedroom, where he slept on a cot. There was no common marital bedroom in the house, as it was not common at the time. The red-striped wall painting is still largely preserved and was uncovered in 2009. Haydn's trademark was, according to the time, the wig he wore with pride, as well as his uniform of an Esterházy's house officer. A photograph of the lost portrait of Basilius Grundmann shows the Hofkapellmeister in a blue uniform decorated with silver embroidery. His service attire as court bandmaster was a red uniform trimmed with gold trim.

Restored original wall painting

The adjoining room, with the recently uncovered mural, Haydn had in the course of reconstruction after the first fire of the house 1768 build. It was probably his work and music room. Today, the musical genres Piano Sonata and Piano Trio are thematized in this room, compositions for higher daughters and aristocratic ladies, mostly dilettantes in this musical field. The centerpiece of this room is the Anton Walter Wing, which originates from the environment of the castle Eszterháza, Haydn's long-standing place of work. Piano sonatas and trios with dedications to Esterházy's princesses, publisher's wives and daughters and to his soulmate and faithful friend Marianne von Genzinger lie in the showcases.

Two authentic portraits of the composer are also in this room. The portrait of Christian Ludwig Seehas, recently acquired by the Joseph Haydn Private Foundation, shows Joseph Haydn as an attractive 53-year-old man who is well aware of his position as a renowned court Kapellmeister. The portrait was made in 1785 during a stay of the Schwerin court painter in Vienna. Joseph Haydn is shown half-length with a fur-trimmed skirt of brown fabric, under which a red, gold-embroidered waistcoat of his musician's uniform with lace-trimmed neckline (plastron) appears. This portrait of Haydn of Seehas is next to that of Ludwig Guttenbrunn, the second oil painting in this room, the most authentic and representative image of Haydn.

String quartet & oratorios

„of a new, very special kind, because for 10 years I have not written any“ so Haydn calls his string quartet op. 33, to potential customers, u.a. Prince Öttigen-Wallerstein or the Swiss scholar Caspar Lavater and other interested parties. Haydn is considered the inventor of the string quartet. This musical genre was then studied and further developed with great zeal by its contemporaries like Mozart or his pupils like Beethoven or Pleyel. Haydn composed a total of 68 string quartets, many of which carry dedications to aristocratic rulers.

In the last room of the permanent exhibition, everything revolves around the two great German oratorios by Joseph Haydn. In the years 1791-1795 Haydn received in London the highest reputation and recognition and was within a very short time the center of the musical events. Here he also got to know the oratorios of Georg Friedrich Händel in a large cast, which he had not heard before.

„The Creation“ is Haydn's first German-language oratorio. In the city palace of Prince Schwarzenberg, after a two-year creative period - 1798, the premiere of Haydn's first oratorio took place under his personal direction in the private circle of patrons and patrons. The creation became an overwhelming success and is one of his most important and well-known compositions. Encouraged by the great appeal of his oratorio "The Creation" Joseph Haydn began after a libretto by Gottfried van Swieten with another great oratorio: the seasons. Was it because of the libretto or the more profane content - Joseph Haydn could not join in this work to the success that brought the creation. Although the premiere in 1801 was acclaimed, a sustained euphoria, as it had caused the creation, did not follow.

Here you will find the accompanying program.

Impressions from the permanent exhibition

Dauerausstellung im Haydn-Haus Eisenstadt, Foto: © Nicole Heiling
Permanent exhibition in the Haydn-House Eisenstadt, Foto: © Heiling / Lorenz
Dauerausstellung im Haydn-Haus Eisenstadt, Foto: © Nicole Heiling
Permanent exhibition in the Haydn-House Eisenstadt, Foto: © Heiling / Lorenz
Dauerausstellung im Haydn-Haus Eisenstadt, Foto: © Nicole Heiling
Permanent exhibition in the Haydn-House Eisenstadt, Foto: © Heiling / Lorenz
Dauerausstellung im Haydn-Haus Eisenstadt, Foto: © Nicole Heiling
Permanent exhibition in the Haydn-House Eisenstadt, Foto: © Heiling / Lorenz
Dauerausstellung im Haydn-Haus Eisenstadt, Foto: © Nicole Heiling
Permanent exhibition in the Haydn-House Eisenstadt, Foto: © Heiling / Lorenz
Dauerausstellung im Haydn-Haus Eisenstadt, Foto: © Nicole Heiling
Permanent exhibition in the Haydn-House Eisenstadt, Foto: © Heiling / Lorenz

Information about your visit

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29. March  – 31. Mai 2019

Tuesday – Friday                                                   

9am–5pm

Saturday, Sunday & Holiday

10am–5pm


1. June – 11. November 2019

Monday – Friday                                                   

9am–5pm

Saturday, Sunday & Holiday

10am–5pm

                 

           

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Adult

€ 5,-

Reduced
Children (6-12), youth (12-18),                               
students, seniors, groups of 20

€ 4,50

Family Ticket

€ 11,–

Combined ticket
Haydn-House Eisenstadt &
Landesmuseum Burgenland

€ 8,50

School groups
(self-guided tour)

€ 2,–

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Haydn-Haus Eisenstadt
Joseph Haydn-Gasse 19 & 21
A-7000 Eisenstadt

+43 - 2682 719-6000

+43 - 2682 719-6051

 

Plan your visit

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Info & Kontakt
Landesmuseum Burgenland

A-7000 Eisenstadt
Museumgasse 1-5

+43 - 2682 719-4000

+43 - 2682 719-4051

Museumskarte Eisenstadt

Die Museumskarte Eisenstadt bietet Ihnen 365 Tage Kunst und Kultur. Entdecken Sie die Dauer- und Sonderausstellungen der wichtigsten Museen Eisenstadts sowie des Liszt-Hauses in Raiding! Besuchen Sie Ihre Lieblingsobjekte so oft und so lange, wie Sie wollen! Dazu können Sie mehr als 20 Veranstaltungen bei freiem Eintritt besuchen – und das alles um nur € 20,–

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  • Freier Eintritt in alle Ausstellungen: Landesmuseum Burgenland, Landesgalerie Burgenland, Haydn-Haus Eisenstadt, Liszt-Haus Raiding,
    Österreichisches Jüdisches Museum und Diözesanmuseum Eisenstadt
  • Ermäßigter Eintritt für eine Begleitperson
  • Freier Eintritt für begleitende Kinder bis 12 Jahre
  • 20% Ermäßigung auf die Einkäufe in den Museumsshops
    (ausgenommen Bücher)
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„Haydn in the ear“

is the motto for the tour of the Haydn-House. On modern, interactive iPods explore the lovingly furnished musician's on your own.

The exhibition visit offers you the opportunity to learn more about the person of Joseph Haydn, his private life and his unforgettable music. Each room, chapter or object is marked with a headphone sign and a number. By entering this number, you will learn stories and stories about the composer and his time, accompanied by music and complemented by curator texts or accurate quotes.

Immerse yourself in the acoustic and visual world of the exhibition, make your tour flexible and linger longer on the objects that have particularly captured your attention.

Included in the entrance fee Audioguide (German, English, Hungarian)
on presentation of an ID
Text and concept: Mag. Theresia Gabriel
Technical implementation: www.fluxguide.com

Information & Contact
Haydn-House Eisenstadt

Joseph Haydn-Gasse 19 & 21
A-7000 Eisenstadt

+43 - 2682 719-6000

+43 - 2682 719-6051

Information for Touroperators

The Haydn-House Eisenstadt welcomes guests from all over the world! Especially for travel groups we have multilingual offers that range from accompanying texts to audio guides to costume tours. Guided tours by external guides are also possible.

Individual visits 
Free audio guides: German, English
Free accompanying texts: German, English, Hungarian, French, Japanese

Visitor groups upon reservation 
Theme tour for the permanent exhibition Guided tours

Leadership award 
€ 29, - per guided group

Duration of the tour about 60 minutes.
Free place at one tour guide and/or one bus driver per booked group.

Group size 
Max. approx. 25 persons per guided group. If the group size exceeds the number of 25 people, the group will be split up and run at the same time or 45 minutes.

Languages 
German, English

Cancellation policy 
Reserved tours can be canceled free of charge up to 24 hours before the booked date. Thereafter a cancellation fee of € 29, - will be charged. Extra mediators can be canceled free of charge up to 24 hours before the booked date due to a reduction in group size. Thereafter, a cancellation fee of € 29, - per too much appointed agent will be charged. If the agreed time is not met (delay of more than 15 minutes), unfortunately we can not guarantee for the immediate start of the tour after arrival of the group. Please announce delays as soon as possible.

Parking
Bus parking: Meierhof, Glorietteallee daily 00:00 - 24:00
Price: € 4,– per started hour, daily maximum (from the 11th hour): € 40,– (for 24 hours)
Each additional day: € 40,– Night package: 20:00 - 08:00, € 10,– 

Barrier free
The historic Haydn-House Eisenstadt is unfortunately not barrier-free, as the exhibition space and the original living rooms of Joseph Haydn are located on the first floor and can only be reached by stairs.

Become a bonus partner! As a bonus partner of the Haydn-Haus Eisenstadt you get 25% of the sales (net entrance fee) refunded.
Billing period: 3 months (minimum 25 entries). 

Contact for a longer term cooperation
Helga Bauer

+43 - 2682 719-3015