Rozkosny, Joseph Richard



Austrian pianist and dramatic composer; born at Prague, and studied under Jisanek, Tomaschek and Kittl. In 1855 he traveled through Austria, Hungary, Italy, Roumania, and other countries, finally settling in Prague, where he brought out a number of operas, among them being Ave Maria; St. Nicholas; St. John's Rapids; Zavish of Falkenstein; The Poachers; Cinderella; Ebba, the Alchemist's Daughter; Rübezahl; and Satanella. His other works comprise overtures, two masses for men's voices, pianomusic, and songs and choruses, numbering about two hundred. He handles the orchestra and vocal parts with considerable skill, and has a gift of melody.