- Jiří Sehnal
(b Brno, 1720–30; d Nov 21/22, 1776). German composer of Moravian descent. He received his musical education from the tower musicians of the town. In 1758 he was married and by the beginning of 1759 was chamberlain and musical director at the court of the Bishop of Olmütz (Olomouc), Leopold Egk (1758–60), at Kremsier (Kroměříž), with an annual salary of 350 florins. In this capacity he also served Egk’s successor, Maximilian Hamilton. In 1763 Neumann left Kroměříž, and in 1764 he was engaged for the music at the coronation of Joseph II in Frankfurt. From 1764 to 1765 he served as music director to Archbishop Kajetan Sołtyk in Kraków, and in 1765 he applied unsuccessfully for the post of town musician in Brno. He returned to Moravia in 1769 and on July 1 he became musical director of Olomouc Cathedral, in succession to Josef Gurecký. In this post he tried, by increasing the instrumental resources, to raise the artistic level of music in the cathedral and to consolidate the authority of the conductor, a policy which made him many enemies among his subordinates. On ...