Frantisek Kotzwara was an accomplished Czech composer and a talented performer of the violin, double bass, piano, cello, flute and other string and wind instruments. He travelled throughout Europe performing with various orchestras. In London he played in the Concerts of Antient Music, and in the orchestra of the King's Theatre. His most famous piece, The Battle of Prague, was mentioned by Mark Twain in his books Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and A Tramp Abroad, and by Thomas Hardy in A Pair Of Blue Eyes. Despite his many musical accomplishments, Frantisek Kotzwara gained more notoriety by the manner of his death.
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