Adalbert Gyrowetz

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... read moreAn early emigre out of Czechoslovakia, Gyrowetz has been classified as an Austrian due to his connections and livelihood in Vienna. Regardless of his emigre status, Gyrowetz was and is considered to be one of the exceptional people to leave Czechoslovakia and retain and advocate Czechoslovakian...

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Country Of origin: Bohemia

An early emigre out of Czechoslovakia, Gyrowetz has been classified as an Austrian due to his connections and livelihood in Vienna. Regardless of his emigre status, Gyrowetz was and is considered to be one of the exceptional people to leave Czechoslovakia and retain and advocate Czechoslovakian themes within at least some of his compositions (e.g. "A garland of patriotic Czech songs"). Being fluent in German, Italian, English and French (not to mention Czechoslovakian and Latin), Gyrowetz was able to befriend Haydn and assist him on the latter's first trip to London. He traveled much of the `Continent' presenting some of his own music. In this capacity he met Mozart -- who took some interest in his work -- Goethe, Prince Ruspoli, The Prince of Wales, and the Vienna Court. When he began composing he employed Haydn's music as a model, a proclivity he never relinquished. Some of his works so closely resemble those of Haydn's that Gyrowetz's music was attributed to Haydn. The majority of his compositions were for the orchestra and demonstrate a symmetry and skill despite their seemingly trite themes. Gyrowetz led such a long life that his musical style became out-moded but many younger musicians continued to hold him in great esteem including Meyerbeer. Interestingly, he was a pallbearer at Beethoven's funeral, a consistent friendship despite Gyrowetz's Hadyn-esque bent. ~ Keith Johnson~ Rovi