Reicha, Anton

COMPOSER (FRANCE)
BORN 26 Feb 1770, Praha - DIED 28 May 1836, Paris
REAL NAME Rejcha, Antonín
GRAVE LOCATION Paris: Père Lachaise, Rue du Repos 16 (division 07, 1ere ligne)

Anton Reicha left his widowed mother when he was eleven years old to study with his uncle Josef, the director of the court orchestra in Bonn. He was taught piano, violin and flute. When he was 15 years old met Ludwig van Beethoven (who was of the same age) and they became friends for life.

In Hamburg he worked as a composition and piano teacher from 1794 until 1797 and he studied mathematics and philosophy himself. After failing to make himself a name as an opera composer in Paris he went to Vienna in 1801. He was in regular contact with Beethoven and created his most experimental compositions during this period.

In 1808 he moved to Paris, where he stayed until his death. In 1818 he became a professor at the Conservatoy and he wrote books on composition and harmony. Among his students were Berlioz, Franck, Gounod and Liszt.

Related persons
• was a friend of Beethoven, Ludwig van
• was teacher to Franck, César
• was teacher to Gounod, Charles François
• was teacher to Liszt, Franz
• was teacher to Viardot-Garcia, Pauline

Sources
Find-A-Grave

Images

The grave of A. Reicha at Père Lachaise, Paris.
Picture by Androom (28 Aug 2001)

 


Reicher, Emanuel

Published: 9 Apr 2007
Last update: 18 Oct 2014