Franz Asplmayr was born in 1728 and lived to be 58 years old. Born in Linz, Austria, he studied violin with his father initially and was mainly self-taught in composition. He was a prolific composer of ballets, symphonies, chamber music. Influenced by composers of the Mannheim School, Asplmayer combined techniques with the developing Viennese style. During his life time he met both Haydn (in 1760) and Mozart (in the 1780s).
He moved to Vienna in the late 1740s. In 1759 he started serving in the Imperial court. He started as a secretary and violinist and eventually took over the duties of Christoph Willibald Gluck, the ballet composer for the Kärntnertortheater. When this position finished, Asplmayr composed for Jean Georges Noverre’s ballet troupe.
We will be treated to one of his quartets with the Eybler Quartet on February 16, 2017 in Toronto. Join us to hear Quartet in D Major, Op.2 No.2 by Franz Asplmayr.