Zavertal, Josef Rudolf



Horn-player; born at Polep, near Leitmeritz, Bohemia. He studied at the Prague Conservatory. He entered the Austrian army, and from 1840 to 1850 he was bandmaster successively of two regiments and then until 1864 of the Imperial Marines, when for a short time he was director of military music to Maximilian, Emperor of Mexico. Leaving Austria for England he became bandmaster of the Fourth British King's Own Regiment, in 1868, and of the Royal Engineers in 1871. His works consist of a Servian opera, Pastyrka; much military music, marches and dances, and songs and choruses.