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Josef Myslivecek (Composer)

Born: 9th March 1737, Prague, Czechia

Died: 4th February 1781, Rome, Italy

Nationality: Czech

Josef Mysliveček was a Czech composer who contributed to the formation of late eighteenth-century classicism in music. Mysliveček provided his younger friend Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart with significant compositional models in the genres of symphony, Italian serious opera, and violin concerto; both Wolfgang and his father Leopold Mozart considered him an intimate friend from the time of their first meetings in Bologna in 1770 until he betrayed their trust over the promise of an operatic commission for Wolfgang to be arranged with the management of the Teatro San Carlo in Naples. His closeness to the Mozart family resulted in frequent references to him in the Mozart correspondence.

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Interview, Clare Hammond on Mysliveček

The British pianist and Royal Philharmonic Society Award-winner talks to Katherine about reconstructing and recording the piano concertos of the Czech composer with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra and Nicholas McGegan.

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