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Franz (Vinzenz) Krommer

Czech Born 27 Nov 1759 Died 08 Jan 1831

Born in Kamenice, Moravia, Franz Krommer studied violin and organ under his uncle in Turan until the age of 17.  Appointed Kappellmeister to numerous patrons, he settled in Vienna in 1795.  Considered a rival to Ludwig van Beethoven , he wrote over 300 works in virtually every genre, specialising in compositions for wind ensemble or solo concertos for such instruments. 

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