Moralt, Johann Baptist

COMPOSER, VIOLINIST (GERMANY)
BORN 10 Mar 1777, Mannheim - DIED 7 Oct 1825, München
GRAVE LOCATION München, Bayern: Alte Südfriedhof, Thalkirchnerstrasse 17 (04-12-28)

Johann Baptist Moralt was the son of the musician Adam Moralt and his first wife Maria Anna Cramer, a daughter of the court musician Johann Jacob Cramer.

He received a musical education in Munich from an early age. When he was seventeen years old he became a violinist at the Hofkapel in Munich. At the same time he studied harmony and counterpoint with Josef Grätz, aiming at a career as a composer.

With his brothers he formed a string quartet in which he played the second violin. They toured in Germany, France and Switzerland and especially their Haydn interpretations received wide acclaim.

Moralt wrote symphonies and other musical works, among them violin concerto's that were performed by his brother Philipp.

In 1808 he had married Ottilie Gschray. In 1821 their oldest son died and in 1825 Moralt died himself. In May, 1826 Ottilie was found drowned in the Isar. It is unknown if this was an accident or suicide. The opera singer Clementine Pellegrini (1797-1845) was his half sister.

Sources
Johann Baptist Moralt – Wikipedia
Alter Südfriedhof zu München

Images

The grave of Johann Baptist Moralt at the Alte Südfriedhof, München.
Picture by Androom (22 Aug 2008)

 


Moravia, Alberto

Published: 31 Jan 2016
Last update: 31 Jan 2016