Riedl, Josef Felix
- Clifford Bevan
- , revised by Sabine K. Klaus
(bc1760; d Vienna, Austria, Nov 12, 1837). Austrian maker of woodwind and brass instruments, of Bohemian origin. He emigrated to Austria about 1810 and is possibly the ‘Waldhorn- und Trompetenmacher’ Joseph Riedl recorded in Linz in 1810. Subsequently active in Floridsdorf (a suburb of Vienna), he was permitted to transfer his workshop to the capital in 1812. In 1815 he took over the workshop of Joseph Huschauer II (c1748–1805), and on 1 August 1817 received citizenship and the master’s title. After his death his widow ran the business and at the Great Exhibition in London in 1851 was awarded honourable mention for a chromatic horn; ‘various wind instruments of metal’ were also shown.
On 1 November 1823 Riedl obtained a privilege, together with the Czech brass player and inventor Josef Kail (b Bozí Dar [Gottesgab], Bohemia, 11 March 1795; d Prague, 29 Jan 1871...