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Austrian Composer Haydn's Manuscript Discovered in Norway

Wednesday, January 12, 2011 - 6:18pm

OSLO, NORWAY— Musicians around the world rejoice— an unknown manuscript by Franz Joseph Haydn has been found.

The handwritten manuscripts were discovered in the National Library of Norway archives. Though it is still unknown how Haydn's manuscripts ended up in Oslo, the discovery contains dozens of arrangements that were written toward the end of Haydn's life between 1803 and 1806.

Haydn, an Austrian composer, is referred to as the “Father of the string quartet” because of his compositions. The arrangements recently found in Norway contain arrangements of Scottish and Welsh folk tunes. The National Library's Chief Librarian said there are two other sketches of Haydn's arrangements of Scottish folk tunes in existence, one in London, England, and the other in Paris, France.

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