VON CALL Leonhard

Leonhard von Call (19 March 1767 – 19 February 1815), sometimes referred to as “Leonhard de Call”, was an Austrian composer and virtuoso on the mandolin and guitar.During his lifetime he focused less on performing and more upon teaching and writing music for others to play.A virtuoso, he wrote not for other virtuosos but for the people he was teaching or amateurs, and today it is felt by some musicians that his works “made no great technical demands”.

He was born in Eppan an der Weinstraße, South Tyrol.Although his village is in northern Italy today, it was part of the Tyrol in the Holy Roman Empire when he was growing up. Following World War I the area became part of Italy in 1919.

After participating in the War of the First Coalition, which ran 1792 to 1797, he was awarded the Order Pour le Mérite, and became a civil servant at the Imperial Kammerzahlamt (Imperial Chamber Payments Office).

At age 40, he married Maria Wilhelmina Brabee, who was 18 years his junior.They had five children. He died in Vienna.

In 2006, the music school in his hometown was named after him.

Career in music

Von Call had grown up studying music, practicing with mandolin, guitar and flute, and in 1801, he commenced a professional career in Vienna teaching mandolin and guitar. He wrote for these instruments during this time, and Germans appreciated the flowing melodies combined with simple execution. The success of these works led him to keep writing, mainly for mandolin, violin, flute and guitar, but he also wrote vocal compositions. Several of those were successful as well. His vocal works were given credit by music historian Philip J. Bone as contributing to the formation of Männer gesangvereine (male singing societies) in the early years of the 19th century. He continued to write, and amounted at least twenty collections of vocal compositions in the catalogs of the publishers. He seldom appeared as performer, but continued teaching, until his death in Vienna in 1815.

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Trio en ré majeur (trio de flûtes en Ut)
PLAYS Jean-Bernard, VON CALL Leonhard