Jan Levoslav Bella

(1843 – 1936)

The composer of Slovak origin Ján Levoslav Bella, ordained as priest in 1866, was associated with the Cecilian movement in his native country and later left priesthood in order to become a music conductor in Sibiu, which had in those times a predominantly German population.

In the following 40 years he won an important reputation as conductor and composer, he was respected by contemporary personalities like Brahms, Hans von Bülow, Joachim, Dohnányi and others.

He composed music which sometimes reminds of Liszt or Schumann and sometimes is predominantly Slovak.