Franz Lauska

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Franz Seraphin Lauska[1] (13 January 1764 – 18 April 1825), baptised as Franciscus Ignatius Joannes Nepomucensis Carolus Boromaeus,[2] was a Moravian pianist, composer, and teacher of Giacomo Meyerbeer.[3] The name "Seraphin" was a later name affix, which Lauska never used.[2] Lauska was considered "one of the most brilliant executants of his time."[4]


Lauska was born in Brno, and may have been a student of Johann Georg Albrechtsberger while studying in Vienna in 1784. He also spent time in Italy, played chamber music while serving at the Bavarian court in Munich, taught in Copenhagen from 1794 to 1798, and then moved to Berlin.[5][6] There he performed as a pianist, wrote music, and was a piano teacher of the Prussian royal family and the young Giacomo Meyerbeer. He conducted the Sing-Akademie zu Berlin in rehearsals while Carl Friedrich Zelter was away in 1802 and later became a member of Zelter's Liedertafel. Lauska probably knew Beethoven, for whom he read proofs, and was friends with Carl Maria von Weber,[5] who dedicated his second sonata in A-flat major to Lauska.[4] Around 1816 he gave piano lessons to Felix and Fanny Mendelssohn[7] He died in Berlin, aged 61.


Lauska wrote a great deal of piano music (approximately 25 sonatas, rondos, variations, polonaises, capriccios, etc.), much of it technically undemanding and intended for beginners, amateurs, and his pupils. His music is uncomplicated and typical of the musical style at the time.[5] The following list of works is incomplete. A complete, dated catalogue of works has been published recently.[2]


  1. ^ Lauska has also been spelled Louska and Lausca. Alternative forenames include Franz Seraphicus, Franz Seraphim, Franz Seraphinus, and František Ignác. See Wagner 2001; Seraphin and Seraphim at WorldCat.
  2. ^ a b c Anke Sieber: Franz Lauska (1764–1825). Biographie, Briefe, Werkverzeichnis, Göttingen: Hainholz 2016.
  3. ^ Wagner 2001; Letellier 1999, p. 171; Brzoska 2001; Thompson 1975, p. 1221.
  4. ^ a b The Monthly Musical Record (1 September 1891). View at Google Books.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Wagner 2001.
  6. ^ Letellier 1999, pp. 171, 255.
  7. ^ Todd, R. Larry, ed. (2013). Mendelssohn Essays. p.8.


  • Brzoska, Matthias (2001). "Meyerbeer [Beer], Giacomo [Jakob Liebmann Meyer]" in Sadie 2001.
  • Meyerbeer, Giacomo; Letellier, Robert Ignatius, editor (1999). The Diaries of Giacomo Meyerbeer, Volume 1, 1791–1839. Madison, New Jersey: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press. ISBN 978-0-8386-3789-0.
  • Thompson, Oscar; Bohle, Bruce, editors (1975). The International Cyclopedia of Music and Musicians (tenth edition, edited by Bruce Bohle). New York: Dodd, Mead. ISBN 978-0-396-07005-4.
  • Sadie, Stanley, editor (2001). The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, 2nd edition. London: Macmillan. ISBN 978-1-56159-239-5 (hardcover). OCLC 419285866 (eBook).
  • Wagner, Undine (2001). "Lauska [Louska, Lausca], Franz [Franz Seraphicus; Franz Seraphinus; František Ignác]" in Sadie 2001.

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