Kittl, Jobann Friedrich

1806-1868

Bohemian writer of operas; was born at Schloss Worlik, in Bohemia, and died at Lissa, in Posen. He first studied law, but was devoted to music and finally studied at Prague with Tomaschek and Sawora. He was made director of the Prague Conservatory, in 1843, taking Dionys Weber's place. In 1865 he gave up his work and went to Polisch-Lissa, where he died three years later. He composed some operas, the best known being Daphnis* Grab; Bianca und Giuseppe, with text by Richard Wagner; Waldblume; and Die Bildersturmer. He also wrote some church and instrumental music.