Personalities | Franz Danzi | Early Romantic | Classical

(Frants Dant’-se) 1763–1826
German composer

At the age of 15 Danzi was a cellist in the famous Mannheim orchestra. He was appointed deputy Kapellmeister in Munich in 1798, and in 1807 became Kapellmeister in Stuttgart, where he befriended Weber, before holding a similar position in Karlsrühe. Danzi’s positions as theatre Kapellmeister encouraged him to compose extensively for the stage, and his works include Singspiels and melodramas, where the music is interspersed with spoken dialogue. He was extremely prolific, composing choral works, songs, symphonies and concertos, and, most notably, much chamber music, which is still performed today.

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

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