Reichardt, Johann Friedrich (opera)
- Thomas Bauman
(b Königsberg [now Kaliningrad], Nov 25, 1752; d Giebichenstein, nr Halle, June 27, 1814). German composer. The son of a lutenist, he enjoyed extensive practical training in music as a young man in East Prussia. At Königsberg University, where he studied for three years, he fell under the spell of Kant’s lectures in philosophy. At 19 he embarked on three years of travel, setting a pattern of restlessness that he was to maintain to the end of his life. On this journey he performed as a violinist in various cities of northern Germany and Bohemia and met many prominent composers, writers and musicians. He studied briefly with several composers, including J. A. Hiller at Leipzig, under whose guidance he completed a one-act German comic opera begun at Königsberg, and set another, ...