1779–1826

Introduction

Born: Ap­ril 11, 1779, Ber­lin, Ger­ma­ny.

Died: No­vem­ber 17, 1826, Ham­burg, Ger­ma­ny.

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Biography

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.

Works

Known for her trans­la­tions and ar­range­ments of Han­del’s or­a­tor­i­os, she com­posed ov­er 90 song and chor­us­es of her own.

Sources

Music

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