Reicha, Anton

BORN 26 Feb 1770, Praha - DIED 28 May 1836, Paris
BIRTH NAME Rejcha, Antonín
GRAVE LOCATION Paris: Père Lachaise, Rue du Repos 16 (division 07, ligne 01)

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.

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• was teacher to Adam, Adolphe-Charles
• was pupil to Albrechtsberger, Johann Georg
• was a friend of Beethoven, Ludwig van
• was teacher to Berlioz, Hector
• was teacher to Clapisson, Louis
• was teacher to Colet, Hippolyte
• was teacher to Franck, César
• was teacher to Girard, Narcisse
• was teacher to Gounod, Charles
• was teacher to Liszt, Franz
• was teacher to Schuncke, Ludwig
• was teacher to Stamaty, Camille-Marie
• was teacher to Viardot-Garcia, Pauline


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


The grave of Anton Reicha at Père Lachaise, Paris.
Picture by Androom (01 Nov 2022)



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Published: 09 Apr 2007
Last update: 25 Feb 2023