When musicians discuss the work of Kreutzer, it is generally not a question that they are discussing the French violinist and composer Rodolphe Kreutzer to whom Beethoven dedicated his violin sonata no. 9. However, today the question "which Kreutzer?" is quite applicable as we rediscover the music of Conradin Kreutzer, a German conductor and composer whose primary compositional output was for vocalists. He composed at least thirty operas and many pieces for woodwinds, including his 'Fantasie for Bassoon and Orchestra.' His compositional output for strings is relatively low, but today we invite you to hear the first movement from his gorgeous Piano Quartet. In addition to composing, Conradin Kreutzer also gave music lessons and earned money by demonstrating the now extinct panmelodicon. This instrument was invented by Franz Leppich and was initially well received. It functioned as a keyboard and a rotating cylinder which activated various airbags to reproduce the sounds of organ, piano, glass harmonica and other various woodwind instruments.
Listen to Piano Quartet here performed by the Consortium Classicum with Thomas Duis on piano. -