In Search of Haydn
Director: Phil Grabsky
2012, UK, 102 mins, Digital, NR
Cast: Juliet Stevenson, narrator
Distributor: Seventh Art Productions
Q&A with Howard University musicologist Matthew Franke
Sunday, December 16, following the 8:00 pm screening
Matthew Franke is a music historian who works at Howard University in Washington, D.C. He has a Ph.D. in musicology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and has presented his research at conferences in the US, Italy, and the UK. He is currently working on a book about translation in late nineteenth-century Italian opera.
In this eagerly-awaited documentary, Phil Grabsky’s biographical account of Haydn’s life is a visual and aural extravaganza, including breath-taking performances by some of the world’s most celebrated musicians.
Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) was one of the greatest musical innovators. Mozart and Beethoven greatly looked up to him as an inspiration and yet today in concert halls he is perhaps too often overshadowed in favour of his younger contemporaries.
By speaking to some of the greatest living exponents of Haydn’s music, this film redresses the balance and sheds light on the master and his work. Phil Grabsky hopes that Haydn will reach a wider audience who will be surprised, entertained and enthralled by Haydn’s wit, humanity and insatiable creativity.
“A delight for music lovers and does honor to a central composer we too often take for granted” – Santa Fe New Mexican