Personalities | Jan Ladislav Dussek | Early Romantic | Classical

(Yan La’-de-slaf Doo’-sek) 1760–1812
Bohemian pianist and composer

Dussek’s fame as a pianist was widespread, and he made the acquaintance of Queen Marie Antoinette and Emperor Napoleon. Because of his connections with the aristocracy he was at risk at the time of the French Revolution, and escaped to London, where he set up a music publishing business with his father-in-law, Domenico Corri, and published many of his own works. The venture ran into debt and Dussek left his family and fled to Germany. He became Kapellmeister to Prince Louis Ferdinand of Prussia, and when the prince died in battle, Dussek wrote his best-known piano sonata, Elégie harmonique sur la mort du Prince Louis Ferdinand de Prusse, op. 61. Dussek died obese and alcoholic. His compositions are mainly for the piano and his style is brilliant and virtuosic.

Recommended Recording:
Sonatas, Andreas Staier (Deutsche Harmonia Mundi)

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