Born: Saturday, June 19, 1717 in Deutsch-Brod, Bohemia
Died: Sunday, March 27, 1757 in Mannheim, Germany
Nation of Origin: Bohemia
Stamitz, a fine violinist and composer, helped to develop the symphony form. His music is considered "pre-classic" and influenced the work of Haydn and Mozart. He worked as conductor of the Mannheim orchestra where he developed the symphony form to include subtle dynamic changes. He also dispensed with the figured bass of the Baroque era. His sons Carl and Johann Anton were composers of lesser note.
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