Franciszek Lessel

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Franciszek Lessel (1780 – 26 December 1838) was a Polish composer.

Life[edit]

Lessel was born in Puławy, Poland. His father, Wincenty Ferdynand Lessel, was a pianist and composer of Czech origin who served as his first teacher.

In 1799 Franciszek Lessel went to study with Joseph Haydn and continued to do so until Haydn's death.

Lessel worked as a court musician, headed Warsaw's Amateur Music Society, and gave lessons on how to play the glass harmonica. In later life he largely had non-musical administrative and inspector jobs.[1] He died in Piotrków Trybunalski.

His Grand Trio for Clarinet, Horn, and Piano, Op. 4 (1806) is notable for its contribution to this ensemble instrumentation. Among his most noted pieces is his Fantaisie in E minor, Op.13,[2] which was dedicated to Cecylia Beydale. Beydale was for a time his lover, until they discovered they had the same mother.[3]

His piano concerto in C major (opus 14, published c.1814)[4] has been recorded twice, once on Harmonia Mundi France in 1993[5] and more recently on a disc released in 2011.[6]

Web sources[edit]

  1. ^ Polish culture site
  2. ^ the 2nd of his two fantasias for piano; his first, in C major Op.8, dedicated to Muzio Clementi, was published in c.1811 (contemporary review)
  3. ^ Gresham College Lecture
  4. ^ see OCLC 66202307.
  5. ^ see e.g. OCLC 29239277
  6. ^ see e.g. OCLC 777374642 - pianist Howard Shelley.