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Wenzel Pichl (9/25/1741 - 1/23/1805)

Violinist, composer, writer and music director, Wenzel Pichl was born Bechyne, near Tábor, and first studied music there with the Kantor Jan Pokorny. From 1752 to 1758 he attended the Jesuit college at Breznice, where he served as a singer, and later moved to Prague where he studied philosophy, theology and law at the university. In 1762 Pichl was appointed first violinist of the church at Tyn and studied counterpoint with the organist J.N. Seeger. The most important of Pichl’s early appointments took place in 1765 when he was engaged by Carl Ditters as a violinist and assistant director for the private orchestra of the Bishop Adam Patachich at Nagyvárad, Grosswardein. Ditters and Pichl, whose broad intellectual interests were very similar, became good friends and there is little doubt that Ditters exercised considerable influence over Pichl’s development as a composer. After the dissolution of the orchestra in 1769 Pichl became music director for Count Ludwig Hartig in Prague. The following year, he was appointed first violinist of the Vienna court theatre as Dittersdorf relates in his autobiography:

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