Personalities | Anthony Philip Heinrich | Early Romantic | Classical
Heinrich was one of the most important figures in American musical life in the nineteenth century. Born in Bohemia to a German family, he tried unsuccessfully to set up business in America, and in 1817 he settled there to embark on a musical career, becoming the country’s first professional composer, and being dubbed by some critics the ‘Beethoven of America’. His reputation extended beyond his adopted country, and he spent several periods in Europe. He was essentially self-taught, and his compositions are mostly descriptive works, often either autobiographical or based on American themes. Although occasionally rough around the edges, his works are often strikingly original and deeply expressive.
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