Tomášek, Václav Jan Křtitel [Tomaschek, Wenzel Johann]
- Adrienne Simpson
- and Kenneth DeLong
(b Skuteč, 17 April 1774; d Prague, 3 April 1850). Bohemian composer and teacher. He was the dominant musical figure in Prague during the first half of the 19th century. His influence was spread throughout Europe by his many students (Voříšek, Kittl, Dreyschock, Hanslick and Würfel) and through his many widely distributed songs and his piano music. Steeped in Mozartian classicism, he was the centre of the Mozart cult that prevailed in Prague throughout the early years of the 19th century....