Reinecke, Carl

BORN 23 Jun 1824, Altona (now part of Hamburg) - DIED 10 Mar 1910, Leipzig, Sachsen
CAUSE OF DEATH pneumonia/flue
GRAVE LOCATION Leipzig, Sachsen: Südfriedhof (V)

After hearing Clara Wieck (1835) and Franz Liszt (1841) Carl Reinecke decided that he wanted to be a pianist himself. On 16 Nov 1843 he debuted at the Gewandhaus in Leipzig.

From 1846 until 1848 he worked as a court pianist in Denmark. During a visit to Leipzig he met Liszt, whom he visited in Weimar. Liszt advised him to go to Paris, where Reinecke met Berlioz, Heller and Gouvy. After he was offered a permanent job as at the Cologne Music School he was able to marry his fiancee Betty Hansen. In Cologne Max Bruch was among his pupils. He became friendly with Brahms and often visited the Schumanns in Düsseldorf.

Shortly before he would become the conductor of the Gewandhaus in Leizpig he lost Betty. It was a heavy blow to him, but in Aug 1861 he married the singer Charlotte Scharnke, who had debuted at the Gewandhaus on 7 Oct 1860. They had two daughters and two sons. Charlotte died in 1868 and in 1872 he married for the third time. Margarethe Schifflin bore him two children.

From 1860 until 1892 he taught at the Convervatory of Leipzig. Reinecke toured a lot and was especially successful with his interpretations of Mozart.

Related persons
• was a friend of Brahms, Johannes
• was teacher to Brambach, Caspard Joseph
• knew Liszt, Franz
• was influenced by Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Felix
• was teacher to Parsons, Albert Ross
• was teacher to Röntgen, Julius Engelbert
• was teacher to Röntgen-Maier, Amanda
• knew Schumann, Clara
• was teacher to Schumann, Georg
• knew Schumann, Robert


The grave of Carl Reinecke at the Südfriedhof, Leipzig.
Picture by Androom (08 Feb 2005)


Biographie II

Reinecker, Herbert

Published: 01 Jan 2006
Last update: 03 Jan 2022