Riotte, Philipp Jakob
- Peter Branscombe
(b St Wendel, Saar, Aug 16, 1776; d Vienna, Aug 20, 1856). German composer and conductor. He was a pupil of Anton André at Offenbach and in 1804 he appeared as pianist and composer at a concert in Frankfurt. In 1805 or 1806 he became music director at Gotha (so styled on the title-page of keyboard sonatas published by André in 1806 and 1807), and was subsequently at Danzig and Magdeburg. At the Erfurt Congress in 1808 he directed the French opera performances. He then went to Vienna where he worked at the court opera and then as music director at the Theater an der Wien (1818–21 and 1824–6).
Although Riotte enjoyed success in his lifetime in every musical form then in favour, he was best known for his stage works and keyboard pieces (his contribution to Diabelli’s Vaterländischer Künstlerverein is one of the longest); but the only score to outlive its composer was that written in ...