Joseph Wölfl


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(b Salzburg, 24 Dec. 1773; d London, 21 May 1812). Austrian pianist and composer. A chorister at Salzburg Cathedral, he was taught by Leopold Mozart and Michael Haydn. He moved to Vienna in 1790, purportedly to study with W. A. Mozart, though whether he actually became his pupil is not known. In 1792 he made his public debut as a pianist in Warsaw; after consolidating his reputation as a performer and improviser, he returned in 1795 to Vienna, where he soon came to be regarded as a serious rival to Beethoven. His playing was praised in the Allgemeine musikalische Zeitung for its combination of power with delicacy.


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