Bella, Ján Levoslav [Ján Ignác; Johann Leopold; János Leopold]
- Vladimír Godár
[Ján Ignác; Johann Leopold; János Leopold]
(b Liptovský Mikuláš, Sept 4, 1843; d Bratislava, May 25, 1936). Slovak composer and conductor. While at school in Levoča (1853–9), he studied the piano, the organ, several string and wind instruments, conducting, figured bass and composition. He completed his secondary education (1859–63) in Banská Bystrica, where he also read theology and began his musical career. In Vienna he read theology at the university (1863–5), studied music with Simon Sechter and the court Kapellmeister, Gottfried Preyer, and, as a student at the local Páƶemáneum Collegium, he became choirmaster of the Páƶemaneum choir and an adherent of the Cecilian movement. In 1865 he moved to Banská Bystrica, where he was ordained priest (1866) and taught singing and music theory at the theological seminary. His attempts to found a distinctive Slovak music were encouraged by the violinist Ede Reményi (1869) and the Czech critic Ludevít Procházka. In ...