Tuesday 1 April 2008

A visitor

The Duchess and Alisona have welcomed the Austrian Kappellmeister Joseph Haydn to join them to celebrate his birthday and to play a series of concerts for the court. Coupled with the appearance of the Hoopoe this has indeed been an exciting week for the Duchy.

Haydn was entranced with the knowledge of the Master of the Aivary regarding the musical quality of birdsong. The Duc de Padirac invited the composer to stay a few days with him in order that a march for the Legion may be composed.

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