A CHRONOLOGICAL VIEW OF WESTERN MUSIC HISTORY IN THE CONTEXT OF WORLD EVENTS

Johann Friedrich Reichardt

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November 25, 1752: Johann Friedrich Reichardt is born in Königsberg (Kaliningrad), Kingdom of Prussia, the son of Johann Reichardt, a lutenist and violinist.
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July 24, 1776: Il Genio della Russia e il Genio della Prussia by Johann Friedrich Reichardt (23) to words by Landi, is performed for the first time, as a prologue to a performance of Carl Heinrich Graun’s (†16) Angelica e Medoro, in the Royal Opera House, Berlin.
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July 7, 1777: Cephalus und Prokris, a melodram by Johann Friedrich Reichardt (24) to words of Ramler, is performed for the first time, in the Hamburg Gänsemarckt.
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April 11, 1779: Louise Reichardt is born in Berlin, Kingdom of Prussia, one of three children born to Johann Friedrich Reichardt (26) and Juliane Benda, a musician and daughter of a musician.
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August 4, 1779: Ino, a musikalisches Drama by Johann Friedrich Reichardt (26) to words of Brandes, is performed for the first time, in Leipzig.
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May 9, 1783: Juliane Benda Reichardt, wife of Johann Friedrich Reichardt (30) and mother of Louise Reichardt (4), dies in Berlin.
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December 14, 1783: Seven months after the death of his first wife, Johann Friedrich Reichardt marries Johanna Alberti Hensler of Hamburg. The marriage takes place in either Berlin or Hamburg.
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January 24, 1786: Johann Friedrich Reichardt (33) departs Berlin for Paris to produce Tamerlan, an opera which he will complete along the way.
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March 23, 1786: Johann Friedrich Reichardt (33) arrives in Paris to produce Tamerlan.
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August 17, 1786: Because of the death of King Friedrich II of Prussia, Johann Friedrich Reichardt (33) is forced to return to Berlin from Paris before his opera Tamerlan can be produced. See 16 October 1800.
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December 28, 1787: Einige Hexenscenen aus Schackespears Macbeth, some incidental music by Johann Friedrich Reichardt (35), is performed for the first time, in the Nationaltheater, Berlin.
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January 11, 1788: Andromeda, an opera seria by Johann Friedrich Reichardt (35) to words of de’ Filistri da Caramondani, is performed for the first time, in the newly renovated Königliches Theater, Berlin before King Friedrich Wilhelm II.
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January 26, 1789: Protesilao, an opera seria by Johann Friedrich Reichardt (36) to words of Sertor, is performed for the first time, in the Königliches Theater, Berlin.
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July 29, 1789: Johann Friedrich Reichardt’s (36) singspiel Claudine von Villa Bella, to words of Goethe, is performed for the first time, in the Charlottenburg Palace, Berlin.
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October 16, 1789: Brenno, an opera seria by Johann Friedrich Reichardt (36) to words of Filistri, is performed for the first time, in the Königliches Theater, Berlin.
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October 2, 1791: L’Olimpiade, a dramma per musica by Johann Friedrich Reichardt (38) to words of Metastasio, is performed for the first time, in the Königliches Theater, Berlin.
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April 25, 1796: Incidental music to Goethe’s play Egmont by Johann Friedrich Reichardt (43) is performed for the first time, in the Hoftheater, Weimar.
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October 16, 1797: Incidental music to Angelica liberata oder Der Sturz des Ungeheuers by Johann Friedrich Reichardt (44) is performed for the first time, in the Stadttheater, Leipzig.
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July 6, 1798: Die Geisterinsel, a singspiel by Johann Friedrich Reichardt (45) to words of Götter after Shakespeare, is performed for the first time, in the Nationaltheater, Berlin. It is not well received.
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March 31, 1800: Johann Friedrich Reichardt’s (47) liederspiel Lieb’ und Treue to his own words is performed for the first time, in the Nationaltheater, Berlin.
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June 21, 1800: Der Jubel oder Juchhei, a liederspiel by Johann Friedrich Reichardt (47) to his own words is performed for the first time, in the Nationaltheater, Berlin.
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October 16, 1800: Tamerlan, a tragedy by Johann Friedrich Reichardt (47) to words of Mandenville (translated by Schaum), is performed for the first time, in the Königlichestheater, Berlin. It was intended for production in Paris in 1786 but the composer was forced to return to Berlin on the death of King Friedrich II.
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February 6, 1801: Johann Friedrich Reichardt’s (48) tragedia per musica Rosmonda to words of Filistri is performed for the first time, at the Nationaltheater, Berlin.
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March 30, 1801: Jery und Bätely, a singspiel by Johann Friedrich Reichardt (48) to words of Goethe, is performed for the first time, at the Nationaltheater, Berlin.
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January 1, 1802: Incidental music to Kotzebue’s play Die Kreuzfahrer by Johann Friedrich Reichardt (49) is performed for the first time, in the Nationaltheater, Berlin.
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January 2, 1802: Das Zauberschloss, a singspiel by Johann Friedrich Reichardt (49) to words of Kotzebue is performed for the first time, at the Nationaltheater, Berlin.
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April 10, 1802: Johann Friedrich Reichardt’s (49) melodram Hercules Tod, after Sophocles, is performed for the first time, in the Nationaltheater, Berlin.
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July 15, 1803: Incidental music to Goethe’s play Clavigo by Johann Friedrich Reichardt (50) is performed for the first time, at the Nationaltheater, Berlin.
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November 30, 1807: Kunst und Liebe, a liederspiel by Johann Friedrich Reichardt (55) to his own words, is performed for the first time, at the Nationaltheater, Berlin.
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February 20, 1808: Ein französischer Prolog von Madame Aurore Bursay: Venez plaisirs charmants by Johann Friedrich Reichardt (55) is performed for the first time, in the Kassel Hoftheater.
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November 24, 1808: Johann Friedrich Reichardt, on the eve of his 56th birthday, arrives in Vienna. He is Directeur général des théâtres et de son orchestre to Hieronymus Bonaparte, King of Westphalia since 1807. When he arrives in the city, he is surprised to learn that Ludwig van Beethoven (37) has been offered his job.
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December 22, 1808: Ludwig van Beethoven (38) conducts a night of his works at the unheated Theater an der Wien, Vienna. The program includes premiere performances of the Symphony no.5, Symphony no.6 and the Choral Fantasy op.80, and the Fourth Piano concerto. Also performed are the scene and aria Ah! Perfido and portions of the Mass in C. The musicians are not up to their best. Beethoven has to stop the Choral Fantasia in the middle because of confusion in the orchestra. In all, the music takes four hours to perform. Prince Lobkowitz is in the audience with his guest, Johann Friedrich Reichardt (56). This is the last time Beethoven performs a piano concerto in public.
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February 3, 1809: Johann Friedrich Reichardt’s (56) Bradamante to words of von Collin is performed for the first time, in Vienna.
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October 15, 1810: Cantate auf die Einweihung der Berliner Universität by Johann Friedrich Reichardt (57) to words of Brentano is performed for the first time, at the opening of Berlin University founded by Wilhelm von Humboldt.
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March 18, 1811: Johann Friedrich Reichardt’s (58) singspiel Der Taucher, to words of Bürde after Schiller, is performed for the first time, in the Nationaltheater, Berlin.
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June 27, 1814: Johann Friedrich Reichardt dies of a stomach ailment in Giebichenstein, near Halle, in occupied Saxony, aged 61 years, seven months and two days, his work largely forgotten.  His earthly remains will be laid to rest in the cemetery of the Bartholomäus-Kirche in Halle.