Kalliwoda, Johann Wenzel

Jan Krtitel Kalivodus (February 21, 1801 – December 3, 1866) was a Bohemian composer, conductor, and violinist. Kalivoda appears to have led a solid and productive musical life. From 1822 to 1865, he served as conductor at the court of Prince Karl Egon II of Fürstenberg and his successor at Donaueschingen for nearly forty years (where the Danube begins in the Black Forest). His responsibilities included writing and caring for the court and church's music and managing and conducting a chorus and annual musical travels for instruction. Unfortunately, his life may have been cut short due to his numerous commitments. He retired in 1865, and a year later, in Karlsruhe, he died of a heart attack.

Wilhelm Kalliwoda (1827–1893) followed in his father's footsteps, serving as Kapellmeister for the Baden court in Karlsruhe and creating music (an Impromptu for piano was published as his opus 3 in Leipzig in 1854 ). Alan Walker mentions him as a conductor at the Lower Rhenish Music Festival in the 1850s. Classics Today founder David Hurwitz writes that Kalivoda "represents a sort of symphonic 'missing link' between Beethoven and Schumann." "His Czech roots influence his melodic appeal and rhythmic vigor... but he also possessed a genuine understanding of symphonic development and real contrapuntal technique." Hurwitz points out that "His work has passion and emotional depth that evokes Beethoven without ever sinking into mindless imitation, as the predominance of minor keys shows. Kalliwoda's symphonic music is "thrilling," and it "strikingly anticipates or recalls so much of nineteenth-century music—from Berlioz to Dvorák to Wagner, and even Sibelius..." Kalivoda was a prolific composer admired by famous colleagues such as Robert Schumann during his lifetime. There are around 250 pieces or sets of works with opus numbers among his works, which number in the hundreds.

Operas, symphonies, concert overtures (one of which, commissioned for the occasion, was used to close the New York Philharmonic's first concert in 1842), music for piano, piano concertos, concertinos for violin and oboe, music for the church, lieder, choral music, and various other vocal and instrumental works were among his works.

Viola Compositions of Johann Wenzel Kalliwoda | Animato Strings


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