Leonhard von Call

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Leonhard von Call (March 19, 1767 – February 19, 1815), sometimes referred to as Leonhard de Call, was an Austrian composer and guitarist.


He was born in Eppan an der Weinstraße, northern Italy.[1]

After participating in the War of the First Coalition, where he was awarded the Order Pour le Mérite, he became a civil servant at the Imperial Kammerzahlamt. He pursued music as a hobby.

At age 40, he married Maria Wilhelmina Brabee, who was 18 years his junior. They had five children.

He died in Vienna, Austria.


He began composing in 1796, and prints of his works were published continuously from 1802 until his death in 1815. Announcements and reviews of his work appeared in the Leipziger Allgemeine musikalische Zeitung, a prominent musical periodical. Many of his works were commissioned by members of the bourgeoisie and the gentry.

He composed about 150 works, mainly for violin, flute and guitar.

His known work consists of the following:

  • Chamber music
    • 2 sextets
    • 4 quintets
    • 14 quartets
    • 34 trios
    • 52 duos
    • 12 solos
  • Vocal works
    • 17 songs with accompaniment
    • 19 songs without accompaniment
  • Bearbeitungen (transcriptions)


In his own time, von Call was a popular composer. His works are still performed, and there are a few CD recordings of his music.

His music is considered to be technically undemanding.[1]

In 2006, the music school in his hometown was named after him.


  1. ^ a b "Leonhard von Call Biography". Naxos. Retrieved 25 March 2010. 

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