In 1759 he married Maria Elisabeth de la Motte, who was one of the ladies-in-waiting of the Duchess of Zweibruecken, and he obtained the favour of Duke Christian IV, whom he accompanied to Paris in 1764. In 1766 he was in Paris again, where he published six symphonies and six trios. Most of Cannabich's works after this date were published by Parisian publishers. In 1774 he succeeded Johann Stamitz as director of the Mannheim court orchestra, and during the same period became a friend of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Mozart said of Cannabich (in a letter to his father Leopold Mozart, dated 9th July 1778): "He is the best music director I have ever seen, and has the love and awe of all under him". In the 1790s musical activity at the court was declining and Cannabich, like many of his colleagues, complained about the cut-backs in the musical establishment, and - more seriously - the withholding of wages.
In the last year of Cannabich's life, he received only a third of his usual annual income, and found it necessary to undertake concert tours to make up for the losses in his salary. He died on 20th January 1798 while visiting his son Carl Cannabich in Frankfurt am Main. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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