Composer of the Week - Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) - In the Name of the Lord

Donald Macleod explores Haydn's Catholic faith, including how he was nearly castrated as a choirboy. The young composer's sense of mischief curtailed his career as a young singer at St Stephen's Cathedral in Vienna, when he cut off another boy's pigtail in a prank. His later career, though, demonstrated devout faith, with powerful religious drama conveyed in many works, including a depiction of the earthquake which followed Christ's death on the cross.


  • The Seven Last Words of our Saviour on the Cross – Il Terremoto by Joseph Haydn
  • Te Deum for the Empress Marie Therese in C for chorus, orchestra and organ by Joseph Haydn
  • Sonata for Keyboard No. 20 in C minor (HobXVI/20) by Joseph Haydn
  • Symphony No. 30 in C major, ‘Alleluja’ by Joseph Haydn