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Likely his popularity did not outlive the Imperial Court, which was famously conservative in its tastes. To our ears - schooled by the romantic intensity of Beethoven and the Romantics - his music is a throwback to a classical form that reminds us of Mozart. However, our music libraries are filled with Mozart, and so there's precious little room left for Krommer.
Still, weep not for Franz Krommer. He was, after all, Court Composer for the Emperor of Austria for 18 years. Happy birthday, Franz - born on this day in 1759.