Wranitzky, Anton, Bohemian violinist, pedagogue, and composer, brother of Paul Wranitzky; b. Neureisch, Moravia, June 13, 1761; d. Vienna, Aug. 6, 1820. He studied violin with his brother, then had composition lessons in Vienna with Albrechtsberger, Haydn, and Mozart. In 1783 he became choirmaster at the chapel of the Theresianisch-Savoyische Akademie in Vienna. In 1790 he entered the service of Prince Lobkowitz, becoming his Kapellmeister in 1797; from 1807 he was also director of the orch. of the Court Theater and from 1814 director of the orch. of the Theater an der Wien. His students included Mayseder and Schuppanzigh. His large output includes 15 syms., overtures, 15 violin concertos, a concerto for 2 violins, 2 concertos for violin and cello, a concerto for 2 violins and cello, a concerto for 2 violas, serenatas, notturnos, dances, marches, etc., much chamber music, including string quartets, sextets, quintets, and trios, as well as various sonatas and keyboard pieces, and vocal works, including Masses and other sacred pieces, various secular choruses, songs, etc.
—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire