- John A. Rice
(fl 1776–91). Austrian amateur musician and patron. A diplomat in Berlin during the 1770s and in Naples during the 1780s, he pursued a variety of musical activities. He played and composed for the keyboard (including two published sonatas); he improved a hurdy-gurdy, which he called the lira organizzata, taught Ferdinando IV of Naples how to play it, and commissioned several German and Austrian composers, including Haydn, to write music for it. As self-appointed agent for the instrument builder Johann Andreas Stein, he arranged for the purchase and shipping of pianos from Stein’s workshop in Augsburg to Naples. Hadrava’s letters to his friend Johann Paul Schulthesius (A-Wn) represent an important source of information about Neapolitan musical life during the 1780s.A. Scharnagl: Johann Franz Xaver Sterkel (Würzburg, 1943)J.A. Rice: ‘Stein’s “Favorite Instrument”: a Vis-à-vis Piano-Harpsichord in Naples’, JAMIS, 21 (1995), 30–64G. Gialdroni: ‘La musica a Napoli alla fine del XVIII secolo nelle lettere di Norbert Hadrava’, ...