Franz Danzi, Quintet in B Flat, Op. 56, #1: Mov’t 1: Allegretto played by the Toronto Wind Quintet
Danzi’s first wind quintet from 1821, when he was attempting to storm Paris with the new genre. He was 58 at the time, and died just five years later. His wind quintet rival Anton Reicha outlived him by 10 years.
Francois-Andre Danican Philidor
In the 17th & 18th centuries, the family Philidor served as court musicians and composers to French royalty over several generations. Their original surname, Danican, became Philidor when Louis XIII so-dubbed his oboist Michel Danican, after an Italian virtuoso named “Filidori”. Michel was Grandad to a number of prominent musicians, among them two Philidors famous for rather divergent interests: Anne Danican Philidor (1681 – 1728), who started the celebrated concert series Concert Spirituel (he was also an accomplished composer); and Francois-Andre Danican Philidor (1726 – 1795)—the very late younger brother of Anne Danican—who was a celeb chess master, renoun for “the Philidor defence” (opening) and “the Philidor position” (endgame). Above is a picture of the chess master, Francois-Andre (Image search “Philidor”. Chessmanias.com. 27.3.16).
This post based on “Philidor”. en.wikipedia.org. 30.3.2016.
The famous Opera House of Paris (Academie Royale de Musique) traditionally closed during religious festivals. This offered an opportunity for Anne Danican Philidor (1681 – 1728) to promote a new series of concerts: the so-called Concert Spirituel. The opportunity cost M. Philidor 1000 francs per year and a promise to present neither French nor operatic music, compliments of the Opera’s Impresario M.Francine. Hugely successful between 1725 and 1791, the annual rent rose to 9000 francs by 1755. The Concert Spiritual provided a huge boon for orchestral and instrumental music in France, as well as vocalists. Interestingly the celebrated older sister of Franz Danzi, Madame Francesca Danzi Lebrun, was among those who sang at the venue. Next post: more on the Philidor dynasty of musicians. Just for now, here’s an image of Anne Danican (“Anne_Danican_Philidor”. En. Wikipedia.org. 27.3.2016)
This post based on : “A Dictionary of Music and Musicians/Concert Spirituel”. en.wikipedia.org. 27.3.2016.