Schoberlechner, Franz, Austrian pianist and composer; b. Vienna, July 21, 1797; d. Berlin, Jan. 7, 1843. He studied with Hummel in Vienna, making his debut in Hummel’s second Concerto (1809), written for him; then continued his training with E.A. Förster. On a pianistic tour to Italy, he produced his opera I Virtuosi teatrali at Florence (1814), and the next year became maestro di cappella to the Duchess of Lucca, producing there a second opera, Gli Arabi nelle Gallie (1816); in 1820 returned to Vienna, where he brought out an opera in German, Der junge Onkel (Jan. 14, 1823). He made a trip to Russia in 1823, and there married the singer Sophie dall’Occa (1807–63), with whom he made further tours to Italy and Vienna. He purchased a villa in Florence in 1831, and retired to it some years later. Besides his operas, he composed overtures, string quartets, a Piano Trio, and many piano pieces.
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