Personalities | Reinhard Keiser | Late Baroque | Classical

(Rin’-härt Ki’-zer) 1674–1739
German composer

Keiser studied at St Thomas’s School, Leipzig. His first operas were performed at the Brunswick court during the early 1690s. In 1695 he moved to Hamburg, where he became director of the Gänsemarkt theatre in 1702. He wrote over 60 operas, mainly for Hamburg, but periods of absence did not further his cause. In 1721 Telemann, who had been appointed new music director of Hamburg’s five churches, additionally assumed directorship of the opera house. Keiser was skilled in writing comic scenes and imaginative in his lively handling of recitative. He also wrote oratorios and Passions. Mattheson called Keiser ‘the greatest opera composer of the world’.

Recommended Recording:
Croesus, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin (dir) René Jacobs (Harmonia Mundi)

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