‘His overtures and salon pieces are charming but ultimately rather superficial. In my view, only his early symphonies will stand the test of time.’
It was none other than Robert Schumann who expressed himself in these words about the compositions of Jan Václav Kalliwoda. Alas, he was wrong. For even Kalliwoda’s first orchestral works were soon forgotten after the composer’s death... And yet, the violinist and composer was a key figure in the first half of the 19th century.
Who is this mystery man, Johann Wenzel Kalliwoda? Let's meet him: go on a speed date with the composer
discover the music by Kalliwoda live in concert on April 20 in Flagey