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Karl von Ordonez (01/01/1734 - 01/01/1786)

Karl von Ordonez is one of a number of composers working in Vienna during the second half of the Eighteenth Century whose works have attracted a good deal of scholarly interest in recent years. Unusually, for a composer of his distinction, Ordonez was not a full-time professional musician. Most of his working life was spent in the employment of the Lower Austrian Regional Court and his musical activities, both as a performer and composer, were pursued in his spare time. Ordonez's choice of career was probably dictated by his social rank. As a member of the nobility, albeit of the lowest rank, he would have been well aware that a professional musical career would not have befitted a man of his family and rank.

Nothing has come to light concerning Ordonez's general education although it has been suggested that he probably attended a Ritterakademie, a boarding school for the nobility, and may have gone on to study law at the University of Vienna in preparation for entry to the civil service. Of his musical training we also know nothing although from his contemporary reputation as a violinist we can infer that he received lessons from an early age and in all likelihood probably studied keyboard as well.

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