But Napoleon, a man whose life was testament to the only one way he knew to wielding raw power–violence– did the unexpected. Here he was, a man who had earned his stars in battle, bestowing honor reserved for generals in chief to a frail old man.
Napoleon ordered an armed guard to be stationed round the clock of this sick old man’s new abode as he lay being tendered to in his death bed.
The name of this man who conquered Napoleon’s heart was Franz Joseph Hayden.
The account of my discovery of Joseph Hayden, is invariably less dramatic than Napoleon’s. Adventure
may be a running theme in both scenarios, but my adventure was not one to
conquer new lands but one in search of a new musical experience.
I had never, in all my forays into the world of music, delved much
into symphony. This was not because of any bias or lack of its recognition as a
genre of music but rather as a consequence of a fault in design.
Normally, I usually “discover” a genre, then slowly and
meticulously comb through the different artists, sampling their compositions
over a period of time.
As you would imagine, this could mean a temporary
“blackout” for some genres in the short term.Recently, I decided to employ a change of tact, I decided to make
a platter of music by sampling composers and artists from different music
genres. To help me with this, I asked a friend with a taste of music that was
distinct from mine, to recommend something that they enjoyed. To
Joseph Hayden she sent me.
However before or as I
indulge in ‘new’ music, I have to abide to a rule I consider golden in the
discovery of music: The process of discovering Music, is only deemed complete, when a
little of the artist/composer’s life, influences, time in history and their
contribution (or lack of) to that genre and music in its entirety is
At this juncture, living in the 21st Century, Google
comes in; a few clicks and you have something to work on.