Jan Křtitel [Johann Baptist] Vaňhal (Wanhal)

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Born: 12 May 1739 — Nové Nechanice — Czech Republic
Died: 20 August 1813 — Wien — Austria
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Many symphonies, sonatas, 1 double bass concerto, other concerti, light piano variations. Also wrote much church music: 60 masses, 2 Requiems, 60+ motets, a Stabat Mater, and others.


Vanhal was a student of Dittersdorf and was considered one of the best symphonists of his day. His music was popular in its time, but like that of many composers it fell out of favor as time moved on. Vanhal suffered some sort of mental breakdown for a year or two, and some say he never fully recovered. It is possible to hear traces of his illness in his music: the ratio of minor to major keys in his works is much higher than with other composers of the day, and he had a fondness for dissonant chromatic "sighing" motifs. One of his G-minor symphonies has been ranked with those in the same key by Haydn and Mozart. In his later years he turned to ligher, less substantial works for the amateur player, mostly keyboard variations.

Source: New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, my teachers.


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[details ←] Sonata in E Flat Major (Clarinet / Piano), clarinet, piano,
[details ←] Six Variations, Op. 42 (Flute / Guitar), guitar, flute,
[details ←] Quartett op. 7/1+2, viola, violin, oboe, cello,
[details ←] Concerto in C major (PLICHTA), viola, piano,
[details ←] Concerto in C Major, piano, bassoon,
[details ←] Wanhal: Sonata for Clarinet in Bb and Piano in E-Flat Major (Clarinet), clarinet, piano,
[details ←] Viola Sonata, viola, piano,
[details ←] Piano Concerto in C, piano,
[details ←] Sonata in B flat major (SIMON), clarinet, piano,
[details ←] Trio E Flat Major Op. 20, No. 5
[details ←] Cantabile, guitar,
[details ←] Concerto in F, piano, bassoon,
[details ←] Sonata in G Major, Op. 10, No. 1 (Flute / Piano), piano, flute,
[details ←] 24 Little Duets
[details ←] Theme and Variations in C Major, double bass, cello,
[details ←] Sonata No. 2, clarinet,
[details ←] Concerto in C, clarinet,
[details ←] Clarinet Quartet, viola, clarinet, violin, cello,
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Vanhal/Benda: Violin Concertos

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Classical Music : Vanhal/Benda: Violin Concertos

Binding: Audio CD
EAN: 0035119233421
Format: Import
Label: Opus Records
Manufacturer: Opus Records
Number Of Discs: 1
Publisher: Opus Records
Release Date: May 23, 2000
Studio: Opus Records

Disc 1:
  1. Violin Concerto in C major: 1. Allegro Ma Non Troppo
  2. Violin Concerto in C major: 2. Cantabile
  3. Violin Concerto in C major: 3. Tempo Di Moderato
  4. Violin Concerto in B flat major: 1. Allegro
  5. Violin Concerto in B flat major: 2. Adagio
  6. Violin Concerto in B flat major: 3. Allegro Presto
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