Beethoven, Ludwig Van [original burial site] b. December 16, 1770 d. March 26, 1827 Composer, Pianist. Beethoven was born in Bonn, Germany, the son and grandson of musicians at the Bonn court. The family ancestry was Flemish. He was baptized on December 17, 1770, and based on practices of the day it is commonly assumed he was born the day before. His father Johann was an abusive alcoholic, bitter at being consigned to singing in the choir. When young Ludwig showed precocious abilities in music, Johann hoped to exploit him as a child prodigy and subjected him to a brutal course...[Read More] (Bio by: Robert Edwards) Währinger Friedhof (Defunct), Vienna, Vienna (Wien), Austria Plot: (Now Schubert Park, Vienna).
Gyrowetz, Adalbert b. February 20, 1763 d. March 19, 1850 Composer. Once one of Europe's most esteemed classical composers, he is better remembered today for his associations with other, greater musicians. Gyrowetz was born Vojtìch Matyá Jírovec in Budweis, Bohemia (now Èeské Budìjovice in the Czech Republic), the son of a choirmaster who gave him his first music lessons. In the early 1780s he trained as a lawyer at the University of Prague while also becoming fluent in French, English, Italian and Latin, though music was not neglected. For the next...[Read More] (Bio by: Robert Edwards) Währinger Friedhof (Defunct), Vienna, Vienna (Wien), Austria Plot: Site now Schubert Park. The graves of Gyrowetz and 57 others are gathered in an enclosed area called Cemetery Grove, which is open by appointment only.
Schubert, Franz [original burial site] b. January 31, 1797 d. November 19, 1828 Composer. A giant of 19th Century music, he was the foremost creator of lieder (German art songs) and produced masterpieces in a wide variety of forms. Although he died at the age of 31, he left a more substantial body of work than many composers who lived fuller lives. Franz Peter Schubert was born in Himmelpfortgrund, near Vienna, Austria. His father was a schoolteacher and amateur musician who encouraged his prodigious musical gifts. In 1808 he joined the choir of the Imperial Court Chapel (...[Read More] (Bio by: Robert Edwards) Währinger Friedhof (Defunct), Vienna, Vienna (Wien), Austria Plot: Location now called Schubert Park, Vienna
Vorisek, Jan Vaclav b. May 11, 1791 d. November 19, 1825 Composer, Pianist. A significant figure of the early Romantic movement, best known for his keyboard music. Vorisek was born in Vamberk, Bohemia (now the Czech Republic). He was a gifted pianist and toured the country as a child prodigy, but when he turned 16 his parents sent him to Prague to study law. Instead he spent much of his time taking lessons from Vaclav Tomasek, the most renowned Bohemian piano teacher of the day. Moving to Vienna in 1813, Vorisek continued to study keyboard with...[Read More] (Bio by: Robert Edwards) Währinger Friedhof (Defunct), Vienna, Vienna (Wien), Austria Plot: Now Schubert Park, Vienna