Friend of Beethoven, teacher of Lizst and Berlioz (among others of note), and childhood runaway: Anton Reicha succeeded in the 18th c music world of Vienna and Paris as prolific composer, music-educator and academic scholar. Most famously, in Paris he consciously strove to establish the new wind quintet genre—to which end he contributed an astonishing 24 Quintets. More on Reicha in subsequent posts: we will be following his music (and that of Franz Danzi, a contemporary) over the next few months.
Image Search: Anton Reicha. “Anton Reicha: Biography-Classic Cat”. http://www.classicat.net. 5.4.2016