JOSEPH FIALA (1748 - 1816)
Cellist, oboist and player of the viola da gamba, the Czech composer
Joseph Fiala joined the musical establishment of the Elector of
Bavaria in Munich, where he met and impressed Mozart. He later
took employment in Salzburg, moved in 1785 to Vienna and thence
to the Russian imperial service in St Petersburg. He impressed
the cello-playing King of Prussia by his performance on the viola
da gamba and from 1792 until his death served as Kapellmeister
to Prince Fürstenberg at Donaueschingen.
Orchestral compositions by Fiala include concertos for oboe and for cor anglais and a double horn concerto. He wrote a number of works for wind band.
Chamber music by Fiala includes string quartets and quartets with oboe, as well as sets of duos for violin and cello.