Gelinek, Joseph

1758-1825

Bohemian composer for piano; born in Selcz, Bohemia; studied composition under Segart, at Prague, where he met Mozart, who encouraged him in his playing and later, after Gelinek's ordjnation as a priest, recommended him as domestic chaplain and piano tutor to Prince Kinsky. He remained in the service of the Kinsky family for some years in Vienna, where he studied under Albrechtsberger, and became immensely popular as a teacher and a composer of variations and other piano-pieces of a frivolous nature, which were so remunerative that some unscrupulous music-writers of the time imitated his style and published their works under his name.