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date: 17 May 2021

Honauer, Leontzilocked

  • Elaine Keillor


(b Strasbourg, June 2, 1737; d ?Strasbourg, ?1790). Alsatian keyboard teacher and composer. The son of Léon Honauer, a musician at Strasbourg Cathedral, and Anne-Marie Zimmermann, Honauer probably received his initial musical education from his father and his brother François Xavier Léon (1731–88). Leontzi was resident in Paris by 1761, probably in the retinue of Prince Louis de Rohan, the coadjutor of the diocese of Strasbourg. Leopold Mozart’s letter of February 1764 confirms Honauer’s growing importance in Paris and the young Wolfgang used his sonatas op.1 no.1 (1, 3), op.2 no.1 (1), and op.3 (1) in his pasticcio piano concertos, kv41, 37, and 40 respectively. In 1770, probably encouraged by Valentin Roeser, Honauer completed two suites for piano and wind accompaniment. The four quartets and other works became widely available, including in Vienna, where Honauer probably resided from 1771 to 1775. Between 1775 and 1785...

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