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Ignaz Joseph Pleyel (6/18/1757 - 11/14/1831)

In the years immediately following Haydn’s retirement his former pupil Ignaz Joseph Pleyel was probably the most popular composer in Europe in addition to being an important music publisher and piano maker.

Little is known about the nature of Pleyel’s studies with Haydn, which began around 1772, but evidently his progress was pleasing enough for his patron Count Ladislaus Erdödy to express his gratitude to Haydn by offering him a carriage and two horses for which Prince Esterházy agreed to provide a coachman and fodder. If Pleyel’s studies resembled Beethoven’s then we can assume that he undertook a systematic course of contrapuntal studies with Haydn, based on the composer’s own annotated and revised version of Fux’s influential treatise Gradus ad Parnassum, and supervision of Pleyel’s exercises in free composition. During his studies with Haydn Pleyel’s marionette opera Die Fee Urgele received its première at Eszterháza (November 1776) and was also performed at the Nationaltheater in Vienna. Haydn’s marionette opera Die Feuerbrunst ( Hob XXIXb:A) was also performed in 1776 or 1777 with an overture now believed to be largely by Pleyel.

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