Umlauf [Umlauff], Michael
- Peter Branscombe
(b Vienna, Aug 9, 1781; d Baden, nr Vienna, June 20, 1842). Austrian composer, conductor and violinist, son of Ignaz Umlauf. At an early age he became a violinist in the Vienna court orchestra; the first of a series of ballet scores for the court theatres dates from 1804. He is listed in the theatre almanac of 1809 as Kapellmeister Gyrowetz’s deputy, and by the 1815 almanac he had advanced to fourth of the six Kapellmeister at the court theatres. Umlauf retired in 1825 during Barbaia’s direction of the court opera, and applied without success for the post of second Kapellmeister at the Stephansdom. It was 1840 before he again came to the fore, this time as music director at the two court theatres, but his lengthy absence had left him quite out of touch and he soon retired again, dying not long after.
Umlauf’s name is most familiar from his connections with Beethoven, whose works he several times conducted. In ...