April 11, 1779, Berlin, Germany.
November 17, 1826, Hamburg, Germany.
Luise’s father was composer Johann Friedrich Reichardt. She moved to Hamburg in 1809, teaching singing and directing a women’s chorus which by 1819 evolved into the Hamburg Singverein. Her life knew tragedy: Her fiancé died shortly before they were due to be married; 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.