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Stamitz (Stamic), Johann Wenzel (Jan Václav Antonín) (1717) Quick reference
... (Stamic), Johann Wenzel (Jan Václav Antonín) ( b Německý Brod, Bohemia , 1717 ; d Mannheim , 1757 ) Bohemian‐born violinist and composer. Played vn at coronation of Karl VII 1742 and was heard by Elector of Mannheim who made him court violinist and music dir. in 1743 . Raised the orch there to standards which became famous throughout Europe and influenced composers such as Haydn and Mozart . Visited Paris 1754–5 , playing at Concert Spirituel. As composer, greatly expanded sonata‐form principles in the sym., giving new importance to...
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...of the 18th century there was hardly an orchestra without one or more Czech musicians. Among the first to leave was Jan Dismas Zelenka , who worked principally at the court of Dresden, though his festive Melodrama de Sancto Wenceslao ( 1723 ) was one of the few native operatic presentations given in Prague in the period. However, Josef Mysliveček , the major operatic talent, had most of his successes in Italy and Austria. Johann Stamitz in Mannheim, Franz and Georg Benda at the courts of Potsdam and Gotha, and later Antoine Reicha in Paris all...