Pipped at the Post, but not Second Best.


If Mozart had good reason to hate Guiseppe Cambini (see our post, 25.02.2016), what about Antoine Riecha and Franz Danzi? In a case of “Pipped at the Post”  Danzi the continental outsider managed to publish three new wind quintets in Paris,  just months before Reicha produced his own version.  Riecha was “king” in Paris, however, and riding a great wave of popularity he went on to write a total of 24 quintets.  Today Reicha is widely accepted as establishing the wind quintet form in the 1820’s.  Danzi eventually produced nine quintets but was seemingly much more interested in other musical forms.  He did know his business though, especially how to get noticed in Paris in the 19th century.  He was cheeky, too:  He dedicated those first three quintets (Opus 56, 1821) to Reicha himself! (1)

 Franz Danzi (1763– 1826)   (2)
 Maurice Schlesinger Publisher
Maurice  Schlesinger  (1798 – 1871)  (3)
Paris Publisher of Danzi’s Opus 56 quintets
(1  )“The Opus 56 Wind Quintets of Franz Danzi”. http://www.ids.org. 3.03.2016
(2)  “Franz Danzi Pictures”. www.picsearch.com. 3.3.2016;
 (3) “Portrait of Maurice F Schlesinger”. www.chemheritage.org.  3.03.2016.


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