Born in Vienna, where he also died. In 1772 he entered the orchestra of the Court Theatre as violinist. Six years later he was made director. He also became chapelmaster of the German Singspiel, and from 1789 superintended the music in the Imperial Chapel during the absence of Salieri. In 1796 he was made instructor of piano to the young Archduke. His first opera, I Rovinati, appeared in 1772. His operettas were exceedingly popular at the time, and his romance, Zu Sterfen sprach im Traume, was extraordinarily so. He also composed church-music, piano-pieces, and songs.