Gelinek [Gelineck, Jelínek], Josef
- Milan Poštolka
(b Sedlec, nr Sedlčany, Dec 3, 1758; d Vienna, April 13, 1825). Czech composer, pianist and piano teacher. He studied music at Sedlec and at the Jesuit college at Svatá Hora, near Příbram. At Prague, where he attended the university, he studied the organ and composition with J.N. Seger, whom he also assisted as organist. In 1783 he entered the Prague general seminary, and in 1786 was ordained priest. According to Dlabač, Gelinek met Mozart during the latter’s visit to Prague in 1787, and after successfully improvising on a theme by Mozart in the composer’s presence at the house of Count Philipp Kinsky, he was recommended by Mozart to the count. (This episode is not documented in the Mozart literature.) Gelinek went with Kinsky to Vienna (probably as early as 1789 but not later than 1792), where for about 15 years he was a domestic chaplain, piano teacher and tutor for the Kinsky family. He spent the rest of his life as a domestic chaplain to Prince Nikolaus II Esterházy....