Frantisek Xaver Dusek [Dussek]

(1731 - 1799)

Bohemian composer and pianist. Born of the servant class, he was educated at a Jesuit school through the patronage of Count Johann Sporck. Turning to music, he studied in Prague and later with Wagenseil in Vienna. Around 1765 he settled in Prague, where for three decades he was a popular keyboard player and an influential teacher. His Prague home and his Bertramka summer villa were centers of local musical activity; Mozart completed Don Giovanni at the latter in 1787. A leading composer of galant style instrumental music, Dusek composed some forty symphonies, keyboard concertos, twenty string quartets, wind chamber music, and keyboard sonatas. Not to be confused with Jan Ladislav Dussek [Dusik] .

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