Jane Austen's favourite composer
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Jane Austen and Classical Music
7. Jane Austen's favourite composer
Austen’s own musical tastes tended towards the popular songs of her era. She played country dances to keep her nephews and nieces entertained, and particularly enjoyed the music of the Austrian-born French composer, Ignaz Pleyel (pictured). Fourteen of his sonatinas can be found in Austen's own personal collection of sheet music.