Slowly Haydn matured and with it left his childhood innocence and his lark's voice. He was eventually kicked out of the choir because he pulled a prank on a fellow chorister, snipping off a pigtail of her hair. Joseph was left on the streets, nowhere to go, until he was taken in by a friend, Johann Michael Spangler.
He began to try to create a musical career for himself by teaching music and playing on the streets. While he had been in the choir, he had never received serious musical training, so he set out to learn as much as he could. He carefully studied the work of Carl Philip Emanuel Bach, who was an important influence on his education.
Haydn's reputation was beginning to grow, after he composed an opera. He was being noticed by countesses and barons, being employed to teach them music.