Anton Fils (or Johann Anton Filtz 1733 -- 1760) was a
German classical composer. Hes was born in Eichstätt,
Germany. Long thought to have been of Bohemian origin
(e.g., Racek 1956), despite having been described as
"from Bavaria" by Friedrich Wilhelm Marpurg in 1756,
his true origins were discovered in the 1960s (Wolf
2001). Fils studied law and theology at the University
of Ingolstadt, and in 1754 became part of the
"Mannheimer Hofkapelle" as a cellist. The Mannheim
orchestra at the time was led by Johann Stamitz (Würtz
& Wolf 2001).
Even though he died at only age 26, he left an
extensive body of work, including at least thirty-four
symphonies and about thirty concertos, mainly for cello
and for flute, though only about half have survived.
Fils died in Mannheim and his music was mostly
forgotten before being rediscovered in the 21st
Although originally written for Flutes (2) and Cello, I
created this arrangement for Flute & Strings (Violins
(2), Viola & Cello).