Volkert, Franz



Musician of various accomplishments; born at Heimersdorf, Bohemia. From the age of fourteen to twenty-four he sang in the chorus of Italian Opera at Prague, then went to Koniggratz to assist the organist, Ignaz Haas. He succeeded him in 1800. Later he went to Vienna, becoming organist of the Schottenstift, and in 1821 was made chapelmaster of the Leopoldstadter Theatre. He died in Vienna. He became popular for his  comic operas and melodramas, of which he composed more than a hundred. He also wrote masses, offertories, litanies and church arias; concertos; solos, and twenty-four cadenzas.