Josef Gelinek


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(b Sedlec, nr Sedlčany, 3 Dec. 1758; d Vienna, 13 April 1825). Czech composer, teacher, and pianist. After a time at the Jesuit college at Svatá Hora near Príbram, and tuition in composition in Prague, he entered the general seminary, taking holy orders in 1786. As a musician he was noted at an early age for his abilities as a keyboard player and his skill at improvisation. He impressed Mozart sufficiently for the latter to recommend him to Count Philipp Kinsky, in whose service in Vienna Gelinek fulfilled the dual role of chaplain and family music master. In about 1805 he entered the service of Prince Nicolaus Esterházy, again as chaplain-cum-pianist, though by this time he was in great demand in Vienna as a teacher, composer, and arranger.


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