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Dušek, Jan Ladislav

Dušek, Jan Ladislav [ Jan Ladislav Dussek] (b Čáslav, 1760; d St Germain-en-Laye, 1812). Bohem. pianist and composer. Began career as virtuoso pianist in Malines, 1779, then had comp. lessons from C. P. E. Bach in Hamburg 1782. Visited Ger., Russia, Fr., and It. as pianist; settled in London 1789–99, appearing with Haydn. Served various royal patrons after 1803, the last being Talleyrand (Prince of Benevento). Prolific composer, works incl. 34 pf. sonatas; 15 pf. concs.; conc. for 2 pf.; pf. trios; ballad-opera; mass; 38 vn. sonatas; 16 fl. sonatas; etc. (much of it worth exploring).

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Dusek, Jan Ladislav

Jan Ladislav Dusek (yän lä´dēsläf dōō´shĕk), 1760–1812, Czech pianist and composer; pupil of C. P. E. Bach. One of the earliest piano virtuosi, he was famous for his lyrical touch in such pieces as Elégie harmonique. His piano sonatas foreshadow the works of romantic composers such as Brahms, Schumann, and Chopin.

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