The New International Encyclopædia/Reinecke, Karl

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REINECKE, rī'nēk-e, Karl (1824— ). A German pianist, born at Altona. He studied with his father, Johann Peter Rudolph Reinecke, a musical composer and director. He was Court pianist to Christian VIII. at Copenhagen from 1846 to 1848. He became teacher at the Cologne Conservatory in 1851, and occupied at later times the positions of musical director at Barmen, academic musical director and conductor of the Singakademie at Breslau, conductor of the Gewandhaus Concerts at Leipzig, and teacher at the Conservatory. His compositions are both refined and classic throughout, but possess here and there a marked touch of the romantic. Among his works are: Serenade, Aus der Jugendzeit, Neues Notenhuch für kleine Leute; Nocturne; studies, sonatas, quartets, quintets, and trios. The five-act grand opera König Manfred was produced in 1807; the operetta Ein Abenteuer Händels, in 1874; two three-act comic operas, Auf hohen Befehl and Der Gouverneur von Tours, in 1886 and 1891 respectively. He also wrote the funeral march for Emperor William I. He became widely known as an excellent conductor, and as a pianist for his interpretations of Mozart.