Franz Joseph Haydn is known today as one of the early creaters of the classical music genre and the symphonic form. He is also known for having been a mentor and inspiration to other classical composers, especially Mozart. He lived in Austria, growing up singing in the church choir at St. Stephen's Cathedral in Vienna where he was subsequently trained to play the violin and pianoforte. He was appointed to the position of a court musician for the Esterhazy family where he was able to compose many works commissioned by the family as well as for publication and performance outside the palace walls. Haydn was known for his sense of humor as can be seen in his famous "Surprise" Symphony, Symphony no. 94.