Vanhal (Wanhal), Johann Baptist (12/05/1739, 08/20/1813)

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Johann Baptist Vanhal (also spelled Wanhal, Waṅhall or Wanhall, 1739-1813) was a Czech composer of peasant origin who made his living as a village organist and choirmaster. A Countess, who heard him play the violin, took him to Vienna, where she arranged for lessons in composition with the great Dittersdorf. Further patronage helped him to travel and expand his knowledge of music.



He was now moving in exalted musical company, and it is reported that he played quartets with Haydn, Mozart and Dittersdorf. So famous did he become that he was probably the first musician to earn a living entirely from composing without any other appointment. He had to be a prolific writer to meet the demands made upon him. Attributed to him are 100 quartets, at least 73 symphonies, 95 sacred works, and countless instrumental and vocal works.



His greatest gift was an unending flow of memorable melodies. Such was his success that within a few years of his symphonies being written, they were being performed around the world, and as far distant as the United States. In later life, however, he rarely moved from Vienna where he was also an active teacher.
Total 3 Compositions Pages: 1
Scores
Serial: Sonatas, Theme: miscellaneous
Instrumentation: Flute+[Vln+Vlc], Difficulty: medium
Scores
Serial: Single Pieces, Theme: miscellaneous
Instrumentation: Piano>4hands, Difficulty: easy
Scores
Serial: Single Pieces, Theme: miscellaneous
Instrumentation: Piano, Difficulty: easy to medium
Total 3 Compositions Pages: 1