Pichl, Wenzel (actually Václav)

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Pichl, Wenzel (actually Václav)

Pichl, Wenzel (actually Václav), Bohemian violinist and composer; b. Bechin, Sept. 23, 1741; d. Vienna, Jan. 23, 1805. He studied violin with the local Kantor, Jan Pokorny, and composition with Seger in Prague. He was made 1st violinist of the Vienna court theater (c. 1770), and served as music director and Kammerdiener (valet) to Archduke Ferdinando d’Esté, the Austrian governor of Lombardy, in Milan (1777–96), and then in Vienna. He wrote some 900 works, including 13 operas, over 30 masses, more than 90 syms. or symphonie concertantes, over 30 concertos or concertinos, about 20 serenatas, minuets, dances, and a vast amount of chamber music.


R. Kolisko, W. P.s Kammermusik (diss., Univ. of Vienna, 1918).

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire

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