Jan Antonín Losy, Count of Losinthal (German: Johann
Anton Losy von Losinthal); also known as Comte d'Logy
(Losi or Lozi), (ca. 1650 - 1721) was a Bohemian
aristocrat, Baroque lute player and composer from
Prague. His lute works combine the French style brisé
with a more Italian cantabile style. He was probably
the most significant lutenist-composer in Bohemia at
the height of the lute's popularity there.
As an aristocrat, Count Losy's musical activities would
have been expected to remain on an amateur basis.
Nevertheless he seems to have gained the admiration of
a number of professional musicians for his lute-playing
and compositions. In 1697 he took part in a musical
contest with Leipzig cantor Johann Kuhnau. While
working in Prague in 1715, Gottfried Heinrich Stölzel
met Count Losy who "played the lute as well as one who
makes a profession of it" and also played the violin.
There is no evidence he played other instruments,
although there is a rather rich source of
transcriptions of his lute compositions for other
instruments available (baroque guitar, keyboard,
angélique, mandora, and violin).
Although originally written for Lute, I arranged this
piece for Concert (Pedal) Harp.