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Ignaz Pleyel (1757-1831) was an Austrian-French composer, music publisher, and piano maker. He was born in Ruppersthal, Austria, and studied music with Joseph Haydn. Pleyel was a prolific composer, writing over 40 symphonies, 70 string quartets, several operas, piano solo pieces, and chamber music. He was also a successful businessman, founding a music publishing company and a piano manufacturing company. Pleyel was a close friend of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and the two composers often collaborated on musical projects. Pleyel was a major figure in the Classical music era, and his music continues to be performed today.
Here are some of the highlights of Pleyel's career: