Franz Lauska

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Franz Seraphinus Lauska , also František Ignác Louska (born January 13, 1764 in Brno as Franciscus Ignatius Joannes Nepomucensis Carolus Boromaeus ; † April 18, 1825 in Berlin ) was a German pianist of Moravian origin, composer and teacher of Giacomo Meyerbeer . Lauska was considered "one of the most brilliant piano virtuosos of his time".


Lauska was born in Brno as the son of the imperial official Iganz Franz Lauska . It can be assumed that he was a student of Johann Georg Albrechtsberger during his studies in Vienna in 1784 . He traveled to Italy, was active in chamber music during his employment at the Bayerischer Hof in Munich and taught in Copenhagen from 1794 until he finally went to Berlin in 1798. There he worked as a pianist, composed and taught several Prussian princesses and princes as well as the young Giacomo Meyerbeer. In 1802 he led rehearsals at the Sing-Akademie zu Berlin on behalf of Carl Friedrich Zelter and later became a member of Zelter's Liedertafel .

Lauska probably knew Ludwig van Beethoven , whose works he had proofread before going to press, and was friends with Carl Maria von Weber , to whom Lauska dedicated his Piano Sonata No. 2 in A flat major, op. 39 (Jähns 199). Around 1816 he gave piano lessons to Felix and Fanny Mendelssohn .


His revealing letters, which deal with the Berlin music and social life of the time, are scientifically edited by Sieber (2016). Lauska's letter autographs are mainly kept by the Berlin State Library and the Saxon State Archives in Leipzig .


Lauska composed mostly piano music (approx. 25 sonatas, rondos, variations, polonaise, capriccios etc.) which he intended for his students. The works written for beginners are not technically difficult, but they are musically demanding. Anke Sieber (2016) presented a complete catalog of works.


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  1. Todd, R. Larry, ed. (2013). Mendelssohn essays . P. 8.