Recognise this Czech composer?
I thought not.
Heard a note of his music? No, I’m not surprised.
His name is Anton Reicha and his main claim to fame was as a Paris teacher of Berlioz and Liszt. But Reicha was also once Beethoven’s best friend. For seven years in Vienna Reicha dined with Beethoven once a week and composed instant responses to his early string quartets.
What do Reich’s works reveal? The missing link between early and middle-period Beethoven. Read on here.