Jan Ladislav Dussek (1760 – 1812) was a Czech composer and pianist. He was an important representative of Czech music abroad in the second half of the 18th century and the beginning of the 19th century. Some of his more forward-looking piano works have traits often associated with Romanticism.
Dussek was one of the first piano virtuosos to travel widely throughout Europe. He performed at courts and concert venues from London to Saint Petersburg to Milan, and was celebrated for his technical prowess. During a nearly ten-year stay in London, he was instrumental in extending the size of the pianoforte. He was one of the best-regarded pianists in Europe before Beethoven's rise to prominence.
For a long time, I've been curious about George Cooper, so, today I learned more about him.
George Cooper (1820 – 1876) came from a long line of organists who played at St. Sepulchre’s Church, Newgate Street, London, throughout the 19th Century.
By age 11, he often took the service at St. Paul’s Cathedral for his father, and at the Festivals of the Sons of the Clergy, it was the delight of Attwood (then chief organist) to make him extemporize. On one such occasion, Mendelssohn is said to have remarked and praised him. One of his earliest appointments was to St. Benet’s Church in Upper Thames Street, where later John Stainer officiated (1854-56). Cooper was also one of the organists of the Chapel Royal, was organist and music master at Christ’s Hospital, and in 1843, he succeeded his father as assistant to John Goss at St. Paul’s.
He was a "major organist" of the time, but his "compositions" are mostly in the difficult transcriptions he left.
This small one, from a piano sonata by Dussek is attractive, but I don't really see the "value" in the time I'd have to spend on these, especially when the transcribed works are mostly unknown or complete out-of-fashion.
The score is attached, as well as photos of Dussek and Cooper, and some of the churches at which he served.