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Josef Mysliveček
Born: Prague (Czech Republic) 09/03/1737   Died: Prague (Czech Republic) 04/02/1781

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Letters in which this person is cited
171 (27 March 1770) | view
202 (4 August 1770) | view
216 (27 October 1770) | view
224 (22 December 1770) | view
257 (23 November 1771) | view
265 (7 November 1772) | view
277 (9 January 1773) | view
279 (16 January 1773) | view
281 (23 January 1773) | view
Originally engaged in the family milling business, Myslivecek began studying composition in the early 1760s. He traveled to Venice in 1763 and was made a member of the Accademia Filarmonica di Bologna in 1771 although he never held a fixed appointment. His compositions include more than two dozen mostly-successful operas, including Il Bellerofonte (Naples, 1767) and Ezio (Naples, 1775), as well as numerous oratorios, chamber works and approximately 55 symphonies. Mozart first met Mozart at Bologna in 1770; in 1777 he promised to arrange an opera commission for Wolfgang at Naples, which never materialized. Leopold came to distrust Myslivecek, writing to his son on 25 January 1778, `Myslivecek wrote again the other day to say he was hoping to receive shortly your scrittura from Naples. But I regard it as an excuse, for he only makes an announcement like this when he wants me to do something for him.` He also dissaproved Myslivecek`s lifestyle, which likely led to him contracting syphilis in the late 1770s. Mozart spoke well of Myslivecek`s music, describing his sonatas as `quite easy and pleasing to the ear` (letter of 13 November 1777). Lit.: Porta, Josef Myslivecek; Pecman, Josef Myslivecek; Nascimbene, Myslivecek e i Mozart a Bologna; Basso, I Mozart in Italia617-618
Please use the following reference when citing this website:
Eisen, Cliff et al. In Mozart's Words, 'Josef Mysliveček' <http://letters.mozartways.com>. Version 1.0, published by HRI Online, 2011. ISBN 9780955787676.
In Mozart's Words. Version 1.0, published by HRI Online, 2011. ISBN 9780955787676.