Joseph Haydn - "Quartet No. 27 in D major, Op. 20, No. 4"
He was instrumental in the development of chamber music such as the piano trio and his contributions to musical form have earned him the epithets "Father of the Symphony" and "Father of the String Quartet".
Haydn spent much of his career as a court musician for the wealthy Esterházy family at their remote estate. Until the later part of his life, this isolated him from other composers and trends in music so that he was, as he put it, "forced to become original". Yet his music circulated widely, and for much of his career he was the most celebrated composer in Europe.
James Webster summarizes Haydn's role in the history of classical music as follows: "He excelled in every musical genre.... He is familiarly known as the 'father of the symphony' and could with greater justice be thus regarded for the string quartet; no other composer approaches his combination of productivity, quality and historical importance in these genres."
He could do anything, and because he could anything he was able to do everything. His was a turbulent life, but he was able to shape the world to his making by taking the talent he was given and merging with hard work.
So today, with strings in the air, I choose Joseph Haydn's "Quartet No. 27 in D major, Op. 20, No. 4" as my, float along like feather, follow the sun, push yourself towards the horizon, song for a, see the finish line in your mind, accept no substitutions, you're already here Tuesday.