Carl Ditters Von Dittersdorf (1739-1799)

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02Dittersdorf in Trouble20140715|He was a favourite of the Austrian Emperor and the King of Prussia, and performed in quartets with Mozart and Haydn, this week Donald Macleod explores the life and music of Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf.|||As a teenager, Carl Dittersdorf was taken on by a local Prince as a Page of the Chamber. At court, he was schooled in languages, and received tuition not only in music, but also dancing, riding, fencing and shooting. Dittersdorf would also have been expected to take part in performances. His musical talents were quickly recognised, and Carl began receiving extra music lessons from court composer, Giuseppe Bonno. However, as he grew older, a weakness for gambling led the young man into terrible debts. He fled to Prague, with his employer in pursuit.