Notes on Music
2:10 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

The Divine Bohemian

Josef Myslivecek

            Josef Myslivecek was a close friend of the young Mozart, and had great influence on his compositional style. 

He was a celebrated opera composer in Italy in the 1770s, but the Italians had trouble pronouncing his name and so simply called him “The Divine Bohemian.” 

He was tragically treated by a quack doctor who burned away his nose in a botched operation for syphilis. 

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