At eighteen years of age Benda abandoned this wandering life and returned to Prague, going thence to Vienna, where he pursued his study of the violin under Graun, a pupil of Tartini. After two years he was appointed chapel master at Warsaw, and eventually he became a member of the Prince Royal of Prussia's band, and then concert master to the king. Benda was a master of all the difficulties of violin playing, and the rapidity of his execution and the mellow sweetness of his highest notes were unequalled. He had many pupils and wrote a number of works, chiefly exercises and studies for the violin. More recently there was a František Benda who was a composer of film scores and other works during the 20th century. The Benda Chamber Orchestra carrying and honoring the name of the Benda musicians family, was founded in 1956 in Usti nad Labem, North Bohemia, Czech Republic. Read more on Last.fm.
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