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Caroline Unger, A Prima Donna for Donizetti

The godmother of the later opera singer Caroline Unger (28 October 1803, Vienna - 23 March 1877, Florence) was no less than the writer Caroline Pichler, who lived close to the Unger family. Unger grew up at a boarding school. Franz Xaver Wolfgang Mozart was one of her first piano...

9 December 2021

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Karl Gottlieb Umbreit (1763-1829)

The Thuringian organist Karl Gottlieb Umbreit was a pupil of the Erfurt organist Johann Christian Kittel (1732-1809), who in turn had been a pupil of Johann Sebastian Bach. Umbreit’s compositions and especially his pedagogical works and influence center around role of the organ in church services. His Allgemeines Choral=Buch für...

2 December 2021

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Georg Philipp Telemann as the Publisher of his own Compositions

During his time as Director musices in Frankfurt am Main (1712-1721), Georg Philipp Telemann was not just busy with the Sunday church services and involved in the administration of the Frauenstein Society (secretary and treasurer). Regular concert life in Frankfurt began in 1713 with the revival of the Collegium musicum...

29 October 2020

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Eugenia Tadolini

Italian opera of the 19th century presented new challenges for singers, especially for coloratura sopranos. Eugenia Tadolini (1808-1872) delighted the public as well as numerous composers throughout her over twenty-year career. Atypically for a coloratura soprano, she refrained from adding her own coloratura passages, such as in the role of...

28 September 2020

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Wilhelmine Schröder-Devrient (1804-1860)

“This is a formidable woman - my ideal in art!” said Clara Schumann about the most important German singer of the 19th century, Wilhelmine Schröder-Devrient (born 6 December 1804 in Hamburg, died 26 January 1860 in Coburg). As the daughter of artistic parents, she seemed destined for a career as...

18 May 2020

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Raymund Schlecht (1811-1891)

Today our series “RISM A–Z” has reached the letter S and we are going to look at a person as well as an important music collection. Raymund Schlecht studied math, physics, theology, and languages in Regensburg. He was a teacher and school director in Eichstätt (Bavaria) until his retirement. During...

14 April 2020

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Friedrich Rochlitz at 250

The Leipzig writer and music journalist Johann Friedrich Rochlitz (12 February 1769 - 16 December 1842) studied theology and philosophy before working as a tutor. In 1798 he founded the Allgemeine Musikalische Zeitung at Breitkopf & Härtel, serving as the journal’s editor until 1818. It developed into the most important...

7 February 2019

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L(o)uise Reichardt

Songs, songs, and more songs–composed by Louise Reichardt (11 April 1779, Berlin — 17 November 1826, Hamburg). The composer and singing teacher received her first music instruction from her father, the Kapellmeister, composer, and writer Johann Friedrich Reichardt (1752-1814), and was largely self-taught after that. Around 1814 she established one...

18 December 2018

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Many Qs

Normally in our series RISM A–Z we focus on just one person at a time. Since there is little information about the only woman composer in RISM whose last name begins with Q (Lucia Quiciani), we will throw the spotlight on several women: The Italian composer Lucia Quiciani was a...

8 October 2018

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Philippe Quinault (1635-1688)

Our occasional series RISM A–Z brings us to the letter Q. Christoph Willibald Gluck, Carl Heinrich Graun, Georg Friedrich Händel, Jean-Baptiste Lully, and Tommaso Traetta are some composers associated with the librettist Philippe Quinault (baptized 5 June 1635, Paris – 26 November 1688, Paris). The son of a baker, Quinault...

7 June 2018

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