Hermann Riedel

Hermann Riedel (1847–1913) – a German pianist and composer.

Born in Burg bei Magdeburg, he studied at the Vienna Conservatory with, among others, Josef Dachs (piano) and Felix Otto Dessoff (composition). In 1874, he became a pianist correpetiteur at the Vienna Hofoper. In 1878, he settled for good in Braunschweig, where he received the post of music director of the Princely Opera. From 1882 to 1911, he was Kapellmeister of the Braunschweig court orchestra and director of the court theatre ensemble.

Riedel took his place in the history of German music mainly as the author of a cycle of songs written to a popular epic poem by Joseph Victor von Scheffel, entitled Der Trompeter von Säckingen (The Trumpeter of Säckingen). He also composed Der Ritterschlag (The Knight’s Dubbing) – a two-act comic opera, and a series of chamber works.

Mirosław Płoski
Translated by Xymena Pietraszek-Płatek
Proofread by Ben Koschalka


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