Kreutzer, Rodolphe

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 1817 onwards.

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.

Related persons
• was teacher to Artôt, Alexandre-Joseph
• has a connection with Beethoven, Ludwig van
• cooperated with Rode, Pierre

Events
17/10/1825Premiere of Don Sanche by Franz Liszt at the Salle Le Peletier, Paris. Rodolphe Kreutzer was the conductor and Adolphe Nourrit sang. Liszt had written this opera in one act in 1824-1825. The French libretto was by Théaulon and de Rancé. The score was lost for thirty years until it was found in 1903. [Liszt, Franz][Nourrit, Adolphe]

Images

The gravestone of Rodolphe Kreutzer is attached to the wall of the Cimetière de Plainpalais, Genève.
Picture by Androom (06 Dec 2007)

 

Cenoptaph for Rodolphe Kreutzer at Père Lachaise, Paris. His wife was buried here but her grave was removed in 1995.
Picture by Androom (24 Oct 2014)

 

Sources
Rodolphe Kreutzer - Wikipedia


Krieger, Arnold

Published: 20 Jul 2008
Last update: 29 Jul 2017