by darribas

No composer had ever been left to develop so peacefully and with so many resources at his command than Haydn, who acknowledged, “My Prince was always satisfied with my works; I not only had the encouragement of constant approval, but as conductor of an orchestra, I could make experiments, observe what produced an effect and what weakened it, and was thus in a position to improve, alter, make additions or omissions, and be as bold as I pleased. I was cut off from the world, there was no one to confuse or torment me, and I was forced to become original.”

The Essential Cannon of Classical Music.

David Dubal