Anton Reicha (1770–1836) is doubtlessly known to many music lovers as a friend of Haydn’s and Beethoven’s. Wind players know him as the outstanding composer of 24 published wind quintets. Curiously enough, the fact that Reicha also wrote inspiring works for the piano is not very well known, even today. Hopefully our edition of selected works will help to change this. It provides a cross-section of the different genres that Reicha cultivated: a sonata (op. 43), a set of variations (op. 57) as well as a fantasy (op. 61).
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This edition of pianoforte compositions by Reicha belongs to a series of more extensive publications of pianoforte works by Bohemian composers of the period of Beethoven. Anton Reicha was born in Prague in 1770. During his long years of travel he made friends with many composers of the day, including Beethoven and Haydn. In 1808 he settled in Paris where he was primarily active … more
About the composer
Composer and music theorist, whose wind quintets are especially important; popular to this day, they were already by far his greatest successes during his lifetime. He also achieved fame through his highly respected writings on music theory. Along with a multitude of works for winds in different groupings, his oeuvre comprises operas, symphonies, overtures, concerti, and keyboard works.
|1770||Born in Prague on February 26.|
|around 1780||He is adopted by his uncle Joseph Reicha in Wallerstein, where his education includes piano, flute, and violin.|
|from 1785||He is engaged as a violinist and flautist at the court chapel of the Cologne Prince-Elector Maximilian Franz in Bonn. There he meets Beethoven, with whom a lifelong friendship develops.|
|from 1794||He teaches in Hamburg. Writes several compositions, including operas, chamber music, and symphonies. He meets Joseph Haydn and Pierre Rode.|
|1802–08||A second attempt to establish himself as an opera composer fails. He meets Empress Marie Therese, who commissions the opera “Argene Regina di Granata” from him. He makes efforts to publish his works.|
|from 1818||He becomes professor of counterpoint and fugue at the Paris Conservatoire, his pupils including Hector Berlioz, Charles Gounod, Henry Vieuxtemps, and Franz Liszt.|
|1831||Becomes a Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur.|
|1835||Member of the Académie des Beaux-Arts.|
|1836||Dies in Paris on May 28.|