Lauska [Louska, Lausca], Franz [Franz Seraphicus; Franz Seraphinus; František Ignác]
- Undine Wagner
[Franz Seraphicus; Franz Seraphinus; František Ignác]
(b Brno, Jan 13, 1764; d Berlin, April 18, 1825). Moravian piano teacher and composer. He may have been a pupil of Albrechtsberger when studying in Vienna in 1784. After a period in Italy he served at the Bavarian court in Munich and undertook concert tours. From 1798 he was active in Berlin as a pianist, a composer and principally a teacher, most notably of Meyerbeer and the Prussian royal family. He conducted the Sing-Akademie in rehearsals during Zelter's absence in 1802, and later joined Zelter's Liedertafel, for which he composed many songs. Lauska was a friend of Carl Maria von Weber and probably also knew Beethoven, for whom he read the proofs of several compositions.
Lauska's piano sonatas, capriccios and polonaises are pleasing, uncomplicated works in the idiom of the time, intended for both connoisseurs and amateurs, particularly his own pupils.