Because of many written sarcastic remarks by his good friend Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, it has been assumed that Joseph Leitgeb was "slow of wit." Whether or not this is true is not certain, however Leitgeb was without doubt a fine horn player. Many critics of the time wrote about his superior musical and technical abilities.
In 1773, after playing first horn in the band of the Prince Archbishop of Salzburg and touring various European cities, he settled in Vienna. Though popular myth often relates that Leitgeb opened a cheese shop, Michael Lorenz notes that this assertion "is based on a number of misunderstandings, aggravated by lack of archival research."
"A Little Leitgeb Research," The Horn Call XLIV, no. 2 (February 2014): 68.
Volume XLIV, No. 2, February 2014