Personalities | Antonin Reicha | Early Romantic | Classical

(An’-to-nyen Ri-kha) 1770–1836
Czech-French composer

Born in Prague, Reicha studied the violin and piano with his uncle, Joseph Reicha. He then lived in Bonn, where he became a friend of Beethoven. After striving largely in vain for operatic success, he settled in 1801 in Vienna, where he formed a close friendship with Haydn. In 1808 he went to Paris, where he spent the rest of his life, teaching at the Conservatoire from 1818; his pupils included Liszt, Berlioz and César Franck (1822–90). He composed 17 operas, choral and solo vocal works, symphonies, concertos, chamber music and piano pieces. Many works combined theoretical and didactic aims with purely musical worth, and his theoretical writings had a wide currency during the nineteenth century.

Recommended Recording:
Wind Quintets, Michael Thompson Wind Quintet (Naxos)

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