Reiff, Anthony, Sr.
- Katherine K. Preston
(b Mainz, Germany, July 14, 1803; d New York, June 11, 1880). American bassoonist, tenor, and teacher, of German birth. Immigrated to New York City in 1825, where he performed in the orchestra at the Park Theatre and sang at St. Patrick’s Cathedral. In 1835 Reiff became Professor of Music at the New-York Institution for the Blind, where he taught for over 40 years. In 1842 Reiff, who also played the oboe, French horn, clarinet, and piano, helped to organize the Philharmonic Society of New-York. He was a charter member of the orchestra (as bassoonist) and served as its first Vice-President (1842–3) and later as Treasurer (1862–3). In 1849 he helped to establish the American Musical Fund Society in New York and served as both Vice President and Treasurer; he also was a member of the Euterpean Society. Reiff was an active member of the New York musical community for over 50 years; two of his sons, Anthony and Ambrose (...