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Johann Wenzel Anton Stamitz 1717-1757


Violinist and composer who is remembered today primarily as a transitional figure from the late gallant styles of Couperin, Telemann and some Bach works to Viennese classicism and the mature symphony. Stamitz began his career in 1741 as violinist in the orchestra at Mannheim. He soon rose to the rank of concertmaster, and, in 1745, was appointed director of the orchestra. Stamitz composed 75 symphonies, solo concertos (flute, oboe, harpsichord, clarinet, and violin), chamber music, violin sonatas, and works for use in the church.

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