On May 12, 1739, Vanhal was born into serfdom in Nechanice, Bohemia! He learnt music from his family, friends and local musicians and went on to become a wealthy composer. He composed over 100 string quartets and 73 symphonies. Haydn much admired Vanhal's symphonies which were played as far away as America.
Vanhal made his money also by composing music for the newly emerging middle classes. However, the music he composed for the middle classes is now seen as being over simplistic and that it took him away from developing his compositions.
The theme and variations were originally for cello but it also works on viola too!
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