Born in Italy, orphaned, and so passed around the family until I landed in Venice and then at 16 years of age whisked off to Vienna by my dear mentor and teacher Florian Gassmann. Made a bit of splash in the capital where I wrote a few dozen operas and some other music. Married a rich German wife, had a pretty mistress (fine singer) and lots of children. In the meantime I conducted, traveled, and composed some more. I really loved Vienna, there I enjoyed music, sweets, pastries, and good conversation with my many dear friends, men like Metastasio, Gluck, and the Emperor Joseph II, that is until I ran into a little person who shall remain nameless. He cause me some headaches, then he went away. Died, tragically. Back to the old grind again what with teaching, conducting, and composing while having the distinct displeasure of watching the Holy Roman Empire fall. Continued teaching those young fellows: you know Ludwig, Igance, Franz, and Franz. In my later years I concentrated on church music; promptly retired at 73 and died a few years later. Sadly outlived my mistress, wife, son, and two daughters. A full time of it really.
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