|COMPOSER, VIOLINIST (FRANCE)|
BORN 16 Nov 1766, Versailles, Yvelines - DIED 6 Jun 1831, Genève|
GRAVE LOCATION Genève: Cimetière de Plainpalais, Rue des Rois (G-Mur-21)
Rodolphe Kreutzer was born in Versailles and was taught by his
father, a musician in the royal chapel, and by Anton Stamitz.
He became one of the greatest violin virtuosis of his time and
gave solo perfomances until 1810. He taught the violin at the
Conservatory in Paris from 1795 until 1826. At a certain time
he directed the Paris Opera and he was a conductor there from
In 1798 he had met Beethoven when he worked for the French ambassador Bernadotte in Vienna. Beethoven dedicated his Violin Sonata no. 9 in A major to the violinist George Bridgetower, but after a quarrel he rededicated it to Kreuzer. But Kreuzer declared it unplayable and indeed never performed it.
Kreutzer himself was the composer of forty opera's and nineteen violin concertos. He died in Geneva in 1831. He was buried at the Cimetière de Plainpalais, but his tomb has disappeared. There's a cenotaph for him at Division 13 of Père Lachaise in Paris, where his wife was buried. Unfortunately her grave was cleared in 1995.
has a connection with Beethoven, Ludwig van
cooperated with Rode, Pierre
Rodolphe Kreutzer - Wikipedia