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Joseph Labitzky (Czech: Josef Labický; 4 July 1802 in Krásno – 18 August 1881 in Karlovy Vary) was a Bohemian composer, violinist, and conductor. He studied with Karl Veit in his youth. Labitzky joined a traveling orchestra at age 14, and in 1820 took a position in an orchestra in Marienbad. In 1823-24 he was in Munich, and following this he toured Germany as a concert violinist. He put together his own orchestra in 1825, touring Vienna and Warsaw. He took a conducting position in Karlsbad in 1835, and his dance pieces became quite popular throughout Europe, including England. He was involved in "Cocks vs Purday", a British court case concerning copyright. He was the father of August Labitzky. Labitzky composed 300 dance pieces.

He was overshadowed by Johann Strauss later in his life.

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Discography

Album

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
2012Summer Concert at Hazel Hill, Stockholm, 1871Joseph Gung'l, Joseph Gung'l, Lumbye, Labitzky, Kéler, Strauss; Stockholm Strauss Orchestra, Mika Eichenholz1
2015Contemporaries of the Strauss Family • 2Ivanovici, Lincke, Zeller, Fucik, Komzák, Suppé, Rosas, Hellmesberger, Labitzky, Fetrás, Schrammel; Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice, John Georgiadis1

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