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Johann Heinrich Schmelzer

Born: 1623, Scheibbs, Austria

Died: 20th March 1680, Prague, Czechia

Nationality: Austrian

Johann Heinrich Schmelzer was an Austrian composer and violinist of the middle Baroque era. Almost nothing is known about his early years, but he seems to have arrived in Vienna during the 1630s, and remained composer and musician at the Habsburg court for the rest of his life. He enjoyed a close relationship with Emperor Leopold I, was ennobled by him, and rose to the rank of Kapellmeister in 1679. He died during a plague epidemic only months after getting the position.

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Interview, Bojan Čičić on La Notte

The Croatian violinist speaks to David and Katherine about his collection of 'Concertos and Pastorales for Christmas Night' with the Illyria Consort, released on Delphian in late November.

Recording of the Week, Baroque instrumental music for Christmas from Bojan Čičić and the Illyria Consort

Bojan Čičić and the Illyria Consort present an alternative Christmas sound-world, replacing vocal and choral music with string concertos and sonatas from around Europe.

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