Kreutzer [Kreuzer], Conradin [Conrad, Konradin]
- Peter Branscombe
(b Messkirch, Baden, Nov 22, 1780; d Riga, Dec 14, 1849). German composer and conductor. The son of a Swabian burgher, he received his earliest musical training from the local choirmaster, J.B. Rieger. From 1789 he studied theory and the organ with Ernst Weinrauch and learnt to play a number of instruments at the Benedictine monastery of Zwiefalten. In 1798 or 1799 he became a student of law at the University of Freiburg, but after his father’s death in 1800 he turned entirely to music. While still students he and friends performed his one-act Singspiel Die lächerliche Werbung. For the next three or four years he was probably in Switzerland; in 1804 he went to Vienna, where he met Haydn and was probably a pupil of Albrechtsberger. He gave music lessons and concerts in order to maintain himself, and continued to compose, though was unable to secure performances of his stage works in Vienna until ...