F ew musicians have spent more of their lives on the run than Czech piano virtuoso and composer Jan Ladislav Dussek. Yet despite dodging debtors, slighted lovers and peeved crowned heads, classical music’s pin-up boy (until the arrival of Liszt) managed to rattle off a wealth of attractive music. Not only that, as the first to sit sideways on in recital – “so the ladies could admire his handsome profile,” according to Spohr – Dussek, who was...

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