- Karl Stapleton
(b Žeravice, nr Hodonín, Oct 19, 1824; d Prague, Jan 4, 1898). Czech singing teacher and composer . He was first taught music by his elder brother in Bučovice, and continued his education in Brno (1839). In 1844 he moved to Vienna, completing his musical studies and establishing himself as a teacher of singing, piano and theory. He began to compose and publish songs, and acquired a knowledge of Italian singing methods from Giovanni Basadonna. He also developed an interest in politics and Czech nationalism; he participated in and organized soirées (including amateur theatre productions and concerts) involving Czech artists, and was active in the ...