Born: April 11, 1779, Berlin, Germany.
Died: November 17, 1826, Hamburg, Germany.
Luise was the daughter of composers Johann Friedrich Reichardt and Juliane Reichardt, and granddaughter of Bohemian violinist and composer Franz Benda.
In 1809, she moved to Hamburg, where she studied with Johann Frederich Clasing. She also taught singing and directed a women’s chorus which by 1819 evolved into the Hamburg Singverein.
Her life knew tragedy: Her fiancé, Friedrich Eschen, died shortly before they were to marry. Her second fiancé also died before their wedding. Somewhat later, she lost her voice.
Known for her translations and arrangements of Handel’s oratorios, she composed over 90 song and choruses of her own.
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