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Josef Weigl, lithograph by J. Kriehuber, 1829
Weigl, Josef, b. Eisenstadt (Burgenland), March 28, 1766, d. Vienna, Feb. 3, 1846. Composer and conductor; godchild of J. Haydn. Promoted by A. Salieri, 1790 theatre kapellmeister at the Vienna court theatres, 1792 1st theatre kapellmeister, 1827 deputy court kapellmeister, 1839 retired. His singspiels "Das Waisenhaus" and "Die Schweizerfamilie" are amongst the most successful ever.
Works: 11 masses, approx. 34 operas and singspiels, 18 ballets, 2 oratorios, 22 cantatas, chamber music.