Josef Matýs

30.07.1851  in Groß-Petrowitz (Böhmen)
23.05.1937  in Theresienstadt


Already as a young boy, Josef Matýs was musically educated and later became an instrument maker. In the course of his military career he was initially drafted into Infantry Regiment (IR) No. 18 in 1871, where he served a tour of three years to complete his national service. In 1877 he enlisted in the band of IR 55 in Lwiw as a sergeant and remained with that unit for three more years. He then left Lwiw for Biala Podlaska in 1880 in order to become a military bandmaster in the Imperial Russian Army with the band of 17th Artillery Brigade. Josef Matýs remained in the Russian army for three years. He was employed as regimental bandmaster by the newly established IR 94 in Levoèa in 1882, and remained with that unit until 1911. According to certain sources, Matýs was employed as music teacher by Count Kolovrat in Týnec from 1920 to 1924. He passed away in the military hospital of Terezín in 1937, allegedly as a poor man. How or better why do Spanish motifs show up in one of the most beautiful regimental marches of the Austro-Hungarian monarchy? The answer actually is evident, as Matýs dedicated this march, which he composed in Levo`ca in 1882, to his regiment and its Inhaber at that time, namely to the Bohemian Infantry Regiment Alphons XII King of Spain No. 94.

Music by Josef Matýs

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