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F.X.Duschek and his piano school
F.X.Duschek and his wife Josepha, a well known singer and interpreter of Mozart and Beethoven vocal works, were among the most famous close friends of Leopold and Wolfgang Mozart.
      In April 1786 F.X.Duschek told Leopold Mozart to tell his son Wolfgang that at Court there were cabals against his Le Nozze di Figaro (such cabals are known in further details thanks to the accounts left by both Lorenzo Da Ponte and Michael Kelly).
      De facto still almost totally neglected by musicians (and most of his scores are still almost unavailable), F.X.Duschek, in reality, exerted a great influence on his contemporaries and not only thanks to his renowned Villa Bertramka, near Prague, where probably Mozart himself completed parts of his Don Giovanni and then of La Clemenza di Tito.
      In fact, F.X.Duschek, pupil of the great Wagenseil (one of the first Viennese supporters of the young W.A.Mozart), after 1770, became, in Prague, an important teacher of keyboard/piano and singing: among his most important pupils L.Kozeluch (considered a piano virtuoso master of his period, with Mozart and Clementi), his own wife Josepha, V.Maschek and J.N.Vitaschek.
      F.X.Duschek had written many works for piano and for piano & orchestra and they belong already to the period of the first years of the 1770s. His works for piano & orchestra especially feature a pianism similar to that of Mozart and Haydn and distinctive characteristics, which are going to be found then again in Mozart's piano concertos, in particular, the melancholy and marked expressiveness of his slow movements. 
      His compositions feature also Czech tunes, one of the first Czech composers to use them and an example so of a typical national fingerprint of his school of Music, which will be followed by P.Wranitzky and by many other Bohemian composers.
F.X. Duschek, 3 Piano Concertos (D major, E flat, C major: ca. 1770s):

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