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CARL DITTERS VON DITTERSDORF  

(1739 - 1799)

Dittersdorf had composition lessons from Giuseppe Bonno in his native Vienna and served as a violinist in the orchestra of the Prince of Sachsen-Hildburghausen, before joining the imperial theatre. He then served as Kapellmeister to the Bishop of Grosswardein, where, in 1762, he succeeded Michael Haydn. In 1769 he became Kapellmeister to the Prince-Bishop of Breslau, at this period acquiring the patent of nobility that added to the name of Ditters the honorific ‘von Dittersdorf’. Conditions in Johannisberg, the seat of the Prince-Bishop, deteriorated in the political circumstances of the time, and on the death of his employer in 1795 he moved with his family to join the household of a nobleman in Bohemia. Before his death he dictated his fascinating autobiography to his son, a vivid account of musical life in his time.

Stage Works

Dittersdorf wrote a large number of stage works. The earlier Italian works written for Johannisberg were followed by a series of Singspiel primarily for Vienna, and 11 further such works in 1793 and 1794 for Duke Friedrich-August of Brunswick-Oels. These, all in all, mark an important stage in the development of the form.

Vocal and Choral Music

Dittersdorf made his due contribution to oratorio in four such works. He wrote settings of the Mass and other liturgical works, as well as cantatas and arias for church use. His secular vocal works are few.

Orchestral Music

In orchestral music Dittersdorf may be compared in some respects to his near contemporary Joseph Haydn. His 120 listed symphonies include a set of six giving musical expression to the Metamorphoses of Ovid and another nel gusto di 5 nazioni (‘in the taste of five nations’). His concertos, rather fewer in number, include 18 for violin, five for viola, one for cello and one for double bass, as well as a Double Concerto for viola and double bass.

Chamber Music

The chamber music of Dittersdorf, with all the clarity of Classical style, includes string quartets and quintets, divertimenti, and compositions for groups of wind instruments.

Box Set Release Catalogue Number
Mozart’s Contemporaries Naxos 8.505078

Role: Classical Composer 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
A TO Z OF CLASSICAL MUSIC (The) (2nd Expanded Edition, 2000) Naxos Educational
8.555319-20
Orchestral
CHRISTMAS MEDITATION Capriccio
C7073
Concertos
Discover Music of the Classical Era Naxos Educational
8.558180-81
Orchestral
DITTERSDORF, C.D. von: Harp Concerto in A Major / La Prise de la Bastille / Die 4 Weltalter (Concerto Koln, Cappella Coloniensis) Capriccio
C71121
Orchestral, Concertos, Orchestral
DITTERSDORF: Sinfonias Naxos
8.553975
Orchestral
DITTERSDORF: Sinfonias Naxos
8.553974
Orchestral
DITTERSDORF: Sinfonias Naxos
8.553975
Orchestral
DITTERSDORF: Sinfonias Naxos
8.553974
Orchestral
DITTERSDORF: Sinfonias Naxos
8.553975
Orchestral
DITTERSDORF: Sinfonias on Ovid's Metamorphoses, Nos. 4 - 6 Naxos
8.553369
Orchestral
DITTERSDORF: Sinfonias on Ovid's Metamorphoses, Nos. 1 - 3 Naxos
8.553368
Orchestral
DITTERSDORF: Symphonies in D Major, A Major and E-Flat Major Naxos
8.570198
Orchestral
FAMOUS AUSTRIAN COMPOSERS - STRAUSS / MOZART, W.A. / SCHUBERT, F. / BEETHOVEN, L. van / HAYDN, F.J. / HAYDN, M. / ALBRECHTSBERGER, J.G. Capriccio
C49370
Orchestral
GOTTHELF, J.: Elsi, die seltsame Magd Naxos Hoerbucher
NHB10722
Orchestral
Harp Recital: Vigh, Andrea - HANDEL, G.F. / DITTERSDORF, C.D. von / DEBUSSY, C. / RAVEL, M. Capriccio
C10485
Concertos
MARTIN, F.: Symphony, Op. 4 / DITTERSDORF, C.D. von: La Prise de la Bastille / GOSSEC, F.-J.: Symphony, Op. 3, No. 6 (Concerto Koln) Capriccio
C10280
Orchestral
MINUETTO - 1999 CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS Naxos
8.554662
Orchestral
MOZART ERA (Meister der Mozart-Zeit) - KRAUS, J.M. / NAUMANN, J.G. / SALIERI, A. / ROSETTI, A. / DITTERSDORF, C.D. von / GLUCK, C.W. Capriccio
C67100-02
Orchestral
MOZART ERA (Symphonies of Mozart's Time) - GOSSEC, F.-J. / BACH, J.C. / VANHAL, J.B. / DITTERSDORF, C.D. von (Cappella Coloniensis, Linde) Capriccio
C71110
Orchestral
Oboe Concertos - STULICK, M.N. / GRAUPNER, C./ FORSTER, C. / DITTERSDORF, C.D. von (Lencses) Capriccio
C10484
Orchestral
Orchestral Music (18th Century) - GOSSEC, F.-J. / BACH, J.C. / VANHAL, J.B. (Symphonies of the Mozart Era) (Cappella Coloniensis, Linde) Capriccio
C51105
Orchestral
SCHILLER, F. von: Verbrecher aus verlorener Ehre (Der) Naxos Hoerbucher
NHB10032
Classic Fiction
Takako Nishizaki Plays Suzuki Evergreens, Vol. 4 Naxos
8.572381
Chamber Music
VARMA RODA STUNDER - Romantisk Klassisk Musik (Warm Red Hours - Romantic Classical Music) (3CD set) Naxos
8.503038
Orchestral
World of the 18th Century Symphony (The) Naxos
8.554761
Orchestral




 
 
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