Franz Xaver Richter

18C composer. Born 1 December 1709. Died 12 September 1789
Franz Xaver Richter
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1709-12-01
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Franz Xaver Richter

Franz Xaver Richter Biography (Wikipedia)

Franz (Czech: František) Xaver Richter, known as François Xavier Richter in France (December 1, 1709 – September 12, 1789) was an Austro-Moravian singer, violinist, composer, conductor and music theoretician who spent most of his life first in Austria and later in Mannheim and in Strasbourg, where he was music director of the cathedral. From 1783 on Haydn’s favourite pupil Ignaz Pleyel was his deputy at the cathedral.

The most traditional of the first generation composers of the so-called Mannheim school, he was highly regarded in his day as a contrapuntist. As a composer he was equally at home in the concerto and the strict church style. Mozart heard a mass by Richter on his journey back from Paris to Salzburg in 1778 and called it charmingly written. Richter, as a contemporary engraving clearly shows, must have been one of the first conductors to actually have conducted with a music sheet roll in his hand.

Richter wrote chiefly symphonies, concertos for woodwinds, trumpet, chamber and church music, his masses receiving special praise. He was a man of a transitional period, and his symphonies in a way constitute one of the missing links between the generation of Bach and Handel and the Viennese classic. Although sometimes contrapuntal in a learned way, Richter’s orchestral works nevertheless exhibit considerable drive and verve. Until a few years ago Richter "survived" with recordings of his trumpet concerto in D major but recently a number of chamber orchestras and ensembles have taken many of his pieces, particularly symphonies and concertos, into their repertoire.

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Grande Sinfonie No 7 in C major
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Grande Sinfonie No 7 in C major
François‐Xavier Roth
Te Deum ii. Te gloriosus
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Te Deum ii. Te gloriosus

Te Deum ii. Te gloriosus

Ensemble
Czech Ensemble Baroque Choir and Orchestra
Conductor
François‐Xavier Roth
Te Deum i. Te Deum laudamus
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Te Deum i. Te Deum laudamus

Te Deum i. Te Deum laudamus

Ensemble
Czech Ensemble Baroque Choir and Orchestra
Conductor
Franz Xaver Richter
Concerto for trumpet, strings and basso continuo in D major
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Concerto for trumpet, strings and basso continuo in D major

Concerto for trumpet, strings and basso continuo in D major

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Ivan Hadliyski
Ensemble
Kamerorchester
Conductor
Alpi Haydenov
Franz Xaver Richter
Concerto In E Minor For Flute, Strings And Continuo
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Concerto In E Minor For Flute, Strings And Continuo
Aapo Häkkinen
Sinfonia VII in C: 1st mvt (Allegro)
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Sinfonia VII in C:  1st mvt (Allegro)
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