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Jan Václav Hugo Voříšek’s 225th anniversary
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Jan Václav Hugo Voříšek (Johann Hugo Worzischek), 11 May 1791, Vamberk, Bohemia – 19 November 1825, Vienna, Austria) was a Bohemian composer, pianist and organist. At the age of 22 Voříšek moved to Vienna to study law and, he hoped, to meet Beethoven. In Vienna he was able to greatly improve his piano technique under Hummel, but once more failed to gain full-time employment as a musician. In 1814, as he was starting to compose, he did indeed meet Beethoven in Vienna. He also met other leading musicians there, including the composers Louis Spohr, Ignaz Moscheles, Johann Nepomuk Hummel, and especially Franz Schubert with whom he became fast friends.
Vorišek died of tuberculosis in 1825 at the age of 34. He was buried at Währing cemetery, where within three years his idol Beethoven (in 1827) and his friend Schubert (in 1828) ended up as well. The cemetery is now a park named after Schubert, although the remains of both Schubert and Beethoven were later moved to the Zentralfriedhof, or Central Cemetery, of Vienna.
Prague Philarmonic Orchestra
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