HAYDN: Online Journal of the Haydn Society of North America


Jess Tyre

Document Type

Book Review


While reading Bryan Proksch’s study of Haydn’s reception over the past two hundred years, I remembered a conversation I once had with a colleague about Classical music’s position in today’s world. The matter that sparked the discussion was what we might call the “Pires-Chailly” incident, the now somewhat famous performance at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw in which the pianist Maria Joao Pires, who had prepared the wrong Mozart concerto (K.467), heroically recalled the scheduled work (K. 466) on the spot, much to the delight and astonishment of conductor Riccardo Chailly.