Dessauer, Josef, Bohemian composer; b. Prague, May 28, 1798; d. Modling, near Vienna, July 8, 1876. He studied piano with Tomaschek and composition with Dionys Weber in Prague. He wrote several opéras: Lidwina (Prague, 1836), Ein Besuch in Saint-Cyr (Dresden, May 6, 1838; his best work), Paquita (Vienna, 1851), Domingo (1860), and Oberon (not perf.); also overtures, string quartets, piano pieces, etc.
O. Sestl, /. D. (1798–1876): Ein Liedermeister des Wiener Biedermeier (diss., Univ. of Innsbruck, 1951).
—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire