Johann Baptist Vanhal
Vanhal (1739-1813) enjoyed a financially independent life, which was uncommon among Viennese composers and musicians at the time. He was never rich, but neither was he ever destitute. He played, composed, and taught for many of the city's nobility. For fun, he would get together with Mozart, Ditters von Dittersdorf, and Haydn to play string quartets! At the time of his death, unlike many of his contemporaries who had had similar careers, his music was still familiar enough to Viennese audiences that it could be heard being whistled in the streets.