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    career as a musician with a post in civil service The life of Jan Václav Stich has been described as resembling that of a novel H Kling Born into a Family of serfs his early talent caught the attention of the local count who arranged for him to have specialist training The high quality of wind musicians emerging from Bohemia at this time led Charles Burney to describe Bohemia as the Conservatory of Europe Stich Later absconded and going under the name of Giovanni Punto became one of the biggest names in music travelling the length and breadth of Europe Beethoven s Sonata Op 17 for fortepiano and horn thought to be the first composition for this combination contains highly characteristic writing for both instruments Punto s fame is reflected in a review of an early performance of the work in which a critic asked Who is this Beethoven His name is not known to us Of course Punto is very well known Juxtaposed with the three Sonatas on this disc is something of a curiosity Arrangements and transcriptions of works were incredibly popular in Vienna during the early nineteenth century Though the combination of horn and fortepiano might not be the most obvious choice for an arrangement of the Largo of Haydn s String Quartet Hob II 74 the Rider quartet the range of colours and the flexibility of both instruments chosen by the anonymous arranger suits the movement s elegant melody and subtle nuances The final composer on this disc Leidesdorf shared with Krufft and Beethoven the guidance of Johann Albrechstberger as a teacher Haydn rated Albrechtsberger s skills highly describing him as the best teacher of composition among all present day Viennese masters Sadly today Leidesdorf is remembered mainly for his publishing house Leidesdorf und Sauer but

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