Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item:
Title: The Face of a Musical Genius: Thomas Hardy's Portrait of Joseph Haydn
Contributor(s): Davison, Alan  (author)
Publication Date: 2009
DOI: 10.1017/S1478570609990054
Handle Link:
Abstract: Haydn's first visit to England in 1791 was accompanied by a publicity war waged between his supporters and detractors. The composer's friends were keen to present him as a musical genius while at the same time defending him against what they saw as reactionary criticisms over rules and taste. One such defence was in the form of a portrait by Thomas Hardy, probably the most famous image of the composer. While readily considered today as a matter-of-fact representation of an urbane Georgian gentleman, the portrait is in fact a sophisticated response to contemporary arguments surrounding Haydn, and presents him as an inventive genius of taste and judgment. By the manipulation of portrait conventions, Hardy created a visual representation of the composer analogous to written accounts by supporters such as Charles Burney. Haydn is shown as a man confident in his contribution to musical posterity, and the image reinforces advice from the time that repeated listening to and study of his music was required properly to appreciate it. The portrait has lost its original force as conceptions of genius changed from the early nineteenth century, reflecting a shift in the aesthetics of both music and visual art.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Eighteenth-Century Music, 6(2), p. 209-227
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Place of Publication: Cambridge, United Kingdom
ISSN: 1478-5714
Field of Research (FOR): 190409 Musicology and Ethnomusicology
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 950101 Music
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
Statistics to Oct 2018: Visitors: 162
Views: 156
Downloads: 0
Appears in Collections:Journal Article

Files in This Item:
2 files
File Description SizeFormat 
Show full item record


checked on Nov 26, 2018

Page view(s)

checked on Jan 12, 2019
Google Media

Google ScholarTM



Items in Research UNE are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.