Price: $450.00


Autographed musical quotation on a 5” x 8” album leaf of Reinecke’s Romanze für Violin & Orchester, With friendly memories, op. 155, Leipzig, October 31, 1885.  We include an original stipple steel plate engraving of a painting by Richard Seel, engraved by August Weger in Leizig and printed by Verlag Baumgartner in 1850.  The engraving measures 8” x 10.5” and is perfect for display with the quotation!


Reinecke (1824-1910) inscribes the autograph book of a Leipzig Conservatory violin pupil.  (We will have more leaves from this album in our Holiday Catalog)  Like the more senior Plaidy, Reinecke studied both piano and violin, but began his career as a violin prodigy and from the age of eleven, a touring artist.  Over the next few years, he played on tour and as the member of various orchestras.  At eighteen he toured Scandinavia and Northern Germany, not as a violinist, but as a concert pianist.  In 1843 he enrolled as a student at the new Leipzig Conservatory where he became part of Mendelssohn and Schumann’s circle of friends. He then made his next tour as a pianist in 1844 he joined his fellow pupil, violinist, Wilhelm Wasielewski on a concert tour of Riga and Northern Germany. In 1846, both Reinecke and Wasielewski graduated from the Conservatory, where the violinist joined the Gewandhaus Orchestra under Mendelssohn and Reinecke was appointed Court Pianist to King Christian VIII of Denmark where he remained until 1848.  He then went to Paris, where he performed as a solo artist, composed and played in chamber music.  He toured Italy and France with the violinist Otto v. Königslow in 1851 and upon completion of the tour was hired by Fernand Hiller to teach piano and counterpoint at the Hochschule für Musik in Cologne. In 1854 he was appointed Conductor of the Barmen Konzert Gesellschaft.  Reinecke remained for five years and was appointed Music Director of the University of Breslau in 1859.  Less than a year later, in 1860 her returned to Leipzig to replace Mendelssohn’s former major domo, Julius Rietz as Conductor of the Gewandhaus and Professor of Composition when he moved on to Dresden.  Unlike Rietz, Reinecke was a superb multi-takser and was able to divide his time between his conducting post, his academic post, composition and touring as a concert pianist.  He toured extensively from 1867 to 1872 in his role as a concert pianist.  Considered the finest Mozart pianist of his day, he toured among other places, Great Britain, multiple times as both a recitalist, in concert and recital and also of his own works.  The public and the critics loved him.  He kept up his juggling career until 1895, when he resigned his post as Conductor of the Gewandhaus, but kept his position as Professor at the Conservatory.  He was made Director of the Conservatory in 1897 and retired in 1902. 


As a composer, Reinecke was entirely prolific throughout his life, composing his first work at the age of seven and did not stop until the time of his death at the age of 85; some 300 published works. His works included three operas, an operetta, three symphonies, four piano concertos, a violin concerto, as well as concertos for, cello, harp and flute.  Other symphonic works include the Romance for Violin and Orchestra in A Minor, op 155 quoted here written in 1879 a year after the Brahms Violin Concerto which must have been in his ear when he wrote the work,  Additionally, Reinecke his op. 87, a series of 42 cadenzas for concertos written by other composers, mostly Mozart, but also Bach and Beethoven.  Other works include a large amount of solo piano works, string quartets, songs and other chamber music.


As a pianist, Reinecke was the earliest born pianist to record, however, they were all on piano rolls for Welte-Mignon, Aeolian and Hupfeld.  Forty-one in total, all during his eightieth birthday year in 1904.  While not to his youthful standard, it gives one a glimpse into what was once one of the top piano virtuosos on the European concert platform.  






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