Vesque von Puttlingen, Johann

1803-1883

 

Born at Opole, Poland; the son of an official in the Belgian War Office, who, on the advance of the French, fled with his young wife to Opole, where they found refuge in the castle of Prince Lubomirsky. The father went to Vienna, where the boy received training, intending him for government service. His musical talent showing, he received instruction from Moscheles and S. Sechter. He became a State Councillor and became well known as pianist and composer. He retired from civil service in 1872, and seven years later received the title of Geheimrath. He was intimate with Mendelssohn, Schumann, Berlioz and Liszt. His works are many and varied, including two masses, sonatas, rondos, etc., for piano; songs; and six operas, which became quite popular.