Friday, August 10, 2007

Karl Ditters von Dittersdorf (1739-1799)

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Mozart does not give the listener time to catch his breath, for no sooner is one inclined to reflect upon a beautiful inspiration than another appears, even more splendid, which drives away the first, and this continues on and on, so that in the end one is unable to retain any of these beauties in the memory.


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Viennese composer (opera and symphony) and contemporary of Haydn and Mozart. Remembered for the opera Doktor und Apotheker (1786), he also composed symphonies, oratorios, cantatas, violin concertos, and piano works. Ditters was also a leading violin virtuoso. He was regarded, along with Hofmann, Haydn and Vanhal, as one of the leading lights in Viennese music.

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