FRANZ IGNAZ BECK (1734 - 1809)
Franz Ignaz Beck had his early musical training at Mannheim, the home of what was then the most famous orchestra in Europe. A violinist, he was compelled, through intrigue, to leave Mannheim; he travelled in Italy before moving to France, settling first in Marseilles and then in Bordeaux.
Beck had some importance in the generation of symphony composers before Haydn, although he was two years younger than the latter. His symphonies and other orchestral compositions date largely from the 1750s and 1760s and typify the pre-Classical in structure and content.