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Leopold II

(1747—1792)


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(b Vienna, 1747; d Vienna, 1792).

Emperor of Austria who reigned 1790–2. Grand Duke of Tuscany 1765–90, influencing mus. life there and in Vienna. Paid for perfs. of several innovatory operas by Traetta. On succeeding his brother Joseph II, he began a major reform of Viennese court opera, introducing singers from Florence.

Subjects: Music — Literature.


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