Czech composer Josef Myslivecek was born in Prague on 9 March 1737, one of twin sons to a wealthy mill owner. He abandoned his philsophy studies when six of his symphonies were well-received in Prague.
He later moved to Italy, receiving several operatic commissions from Italian theatres, and became known as 'the divine Bohemian'. His music was also performed in Germany and Portugal.
Some mystery surrounds the removal of his nose, shortly before an impecunious death in Rome on 4 February 1781. Some sources claim that the operation was to attempt to cure him of syphilis, whereas others claim that he caught an infection after being involved in a coach accident.
A selection of M&V articles about Josef Myslivecek
Record Box. Bright Performances - Music for strings by Josef Myslivecek, reviewed by Patric Standford