Johann Baptist Vanhal, Composer
(1739 - 1813) also known as Jan Kritel Vanhal, and Johann Baptist Wanhal.
Born in Bohemia, this Czech composer started life in a small village and had a few siginifcant breaks that ultimately lead him to taking composition lessons in Vienna from Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf.
Vanhal was a contemporary of Haydn and Mozart, and had an noticeable influence on the Sturm and Drang movement. It was noted that in the 1780's, Vanhal performed in a string quartet with Dittersdorf, Haydn and...