When Salzburg fell to the Austrian Empire in 1816 there were sounds of jubilation at a time of worry. Military movements, changing governments, and economic decline had plagued the country ever since it had lost its territorial independence in 1805. As a result, “emptiness, dead silence, and a lack of people” characterized the streets and squares of the city, as Franz Sartori wrote, and he mocked the green that grew between the pavement-stones. But how provincial had Salzburg really become? Would the flourishing cultural life of the archdiocese soon disappear completely? The death of Michael Haydn (1806), the highly esteemed music teacher for the coming generation, and the erection of a tomb for him in the church of the Archabbey of St. Peter (1827) together frame an eventful period in local music history that has a surprising amount to offer.
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