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Franz Danzi

Biography

Born: June 15, 1763; Schwetzingen, Germany   Died: April 13, 1826; Karlsruhe, Germany  
Italian composer Franz Danzi was an influence on Carl Maria von Weber and is sometimes classified as a "pre-Romantic" composer. He was the third musical child of Innozenz Danzi, an Italian cellist and member of the famous Mannheim Orchestra. Franz took cello, keyboard, and singing lessons from his father and won a job as cellist himself at Mannheim when he was only 15.

In March 1778 the Palatine electoral court and the orchestra moved to
Read more Munich, the elder Danzi went also, but Franz stayed behind to become a member of the newly organized National Theater orchestra; the Elector hoped to establish a German musical theater to counter the vogue for Italian works. Danzi also studied at the Abbé Vogler's Mannheim School of Music. The effort to establish a German theater meant work for talented composers, and although Danzi was young, he was given assignments to write incidental music.

In 1783 Danzi's father retired as cellist in the orchestra in Munich, and Franz went there to take his place. Thanks to his theatrical experience, Danzi was asked to compose an opera in Munich, a comic opera called Mitternachtsstunde (In the Midnight Hour). It was a hit, published, and played in many theaters. In 1790 Danzi married; he and his wife toured widely in Europe for several years and landed in Venice, where he became Kapellmeister, and she became prima donna of the Guardasoni company.

Danzi returned to Munich and in 1798 took a job supervising German musical theater and church music at the court. Two years later his wife died, and he also faced opposition from rival composers and the new elector. In 1807 he took an appointment as Kapellmeister in the court of King Frederick II of Württemberg in Stuttgart. In some respects it was a difficult appointment, but Danzi had one great compensation for the trials he endured: the fledgling composer Carl Maria von Weber was the secretary to the King's brother.

Although they were of different generations, Danzi and Weber became close personal and professional friends. Danzi was a trusted mentor to whom Weber showed his opera in progress, Silvana, for comments and assistance in working out problems. Danzi also organized the premiere of Weber's Abu Hassan. In 1812, after Weber fled Stuttgart to evade his father's debts, Danzi was given the additional duty of the teaching of musical composition in the new Institute of Art. He ended his career as Kapellmeister at the Baden court in Karlsruhe until his death, continuing to promote and produce Weber's works.

Danzi's operas were well known in his time; Iphigenie in Aulis was an unusual example for the time of a German opera with continuous music and no dialogue. He also wrote a large quantity of orchestral and chamber music, and songs. While works fell into classical forms, he kept up with modern harmonic ideas, on view among other places in the unusual amount of chromaticism he tended to use in the inner voices of his pieces. Read less
Danzi: Der Berggeist - Romantic Opera In 2 Acts / Bernius
Release Date: 05/28/2013   Label: Carus  
Catalog: 83296   Number of Discs: 1
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    James Galway - The Complete RCA Album Collection
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 302633 Release Date: 09/16/2014   Number of Discs: 73
    Composer:  Arthur Smith,  Various,  Traditional,  Stan Lebowsky  ... 
    Performer:  James Galway,  Sylvia,  Marisa Robles,  Phillip Moll  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Scimone,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Jörg Faerber,  Eduardo Mata  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Solisti Veneti,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Galway Pops Orchestra  ... 
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    Mozart, Danzi, C. P. E. Bach: Concertos For Clarinet And Bassoon / Klocker, Hartmann, Skvor
    Label: Md&g (Dabringhaus & Grimm)   Catalog: 3010365 Release Date: 06/18/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Danzi,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
    Performer:  Karl-Otto Hartmann,  Dieter Klöcker
    Conductor:  Petr Skvor
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suk Chamber Orchestra
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    Danzi: Der Berggeist - Romantic Opera In 2 Acts / Bernius
    Label: Carus   Catalog: 83296 Release Date: 05/28/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Danzi
    Performer:  Patrick Pobeschin,  Tilman Lichdi,  Daniel Ochoa,  Colin Balzer  ... 
    Conductor:  Frieder Bernius
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Hofkapelle,  Stuttgart Chamber Choir
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    Danzi: Flute Quartets
    Label: Md&g (Dabringhaus & Grimm)   Catalog: 6051791 Release Date: 03/12/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Danzi
    Performer:  Karl Kaiser
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ardinghello Ensemble
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  • 5.
    Music For Bassoon
    Label: Regis   Catalog: 9107 Release Date: 01/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gordon Jacob,  Franz Danzi,  Anton Reicha
    Performer:  Daniel Smith
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Coull String Quartet
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  • 6.
    Flute Concertos - C.P.E. Bach, Benda, Chopin, Danzi
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94097 Release Date: 06/28/2011   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Franz Danzi,  Franz Benda,  Franz Anton Hoffmeister,  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach  ... 
    Performer:  András Adorján,  Ingrid Dingfelder,  Machiko Takahashi,  Frank De Bruine  ... 
    Conductor:  Hans Stadlmair,  Milan Munclinger,  Sir Charles Mackerras,  Roland Kieft  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ars Rediviva Orchestra,  Cordevento,  Modo Antiquo Ensemble
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    James Galway Plays Flute Concertos
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 82812 Release Date: 05/24/2011   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Malcolm Arnold,  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Carl Stamitz  ... 
    Performer:  James Galway,  Rainer Wolters,  Ursula Duetschler,  John Mayer  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Jörg Faerber,  James Galway,  André Prieur  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Württemberg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn,  I Solisti di Zagreb  ... 
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    Franz Danzi: Complete Symphonies / Griffiths, Svizzera Italiana Orchestra
    Label: Cpo   Catalog: 777351-2 Release Date: 09/28/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Danzi
    Conductor:  Howard Griffiths
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana
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    Danzi: Piano Quintets / Das Reicha'sche Quintett
    Label: Nca   Catalog: 60174 Release Date: 02/23/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Danzi
    Performer:  Christine Schornsheim
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Das Reicha'sche Quintett
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    Danzi: Complete Wind Quintets / Das Reicha'sche Quintett
    Label: Nca   Catalog: 60126 Release Date: 07/28/2009   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Franz Danzi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Das Reicha'sche Quintett
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    Bozza, Haydn, Ibert, Villa-lobos: Works For Winds
    Label: Cbs Masterworks   Catalog: 39558 Release Date: 05/22/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Franz Danzi,  Eugčne Bozza,  Jacques Ibert  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Wien-Berlin
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  • 12.
    Augsburger Mozartfest 2008 / Various
    Label: Oehms   Catalog: 714 Release Date: 02/01/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Danzi,  Carl Stamitz,  Johanna Doderer,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Monika Leskovar,  Salome Kammer
    Conductor:  Ulf Schirmer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 13.
    Danzi, Lachner: Wind Quintets / Ensemble Wien-berlin
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 423591 Release Date: 09/02/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Lachner,  Franz Danzi
    Performer:  HansJörg Schellenberger,  Karl Leister,  Milan Turkovic,  Günter Högner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Wien-Berlin
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    Orquesta Filarmonica De Gran Canaria
    Label: Summit Records   Catalog: 504 Release Date: 07/08/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Witold Lutoslawski,  Richard Strauss,  Franz Danzi,  Peter J von Lindpaintner
    Conductor:  José Ramón Encinar,  Christoph König,  Adrian Leaper
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Grand Canary Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Danzi: Septets & Potpourris / Consortium Classicum
    Label: Orfeo   Catalog: 674081 Release Date: 05/27/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Danzi
    Performer:  Johannes Krause,  Armin Fromm,  Karl-Otto Hartmann,  Dieter Klöcker  ... 
    Conductor:  Dieter Klöcker
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Consortium Classicum
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    Danzi: Concertos / James Galway, Sabine Meyer, Jörg Faerber
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 61976 Release Date: 02/06/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Danzi
    Performer:  James Galway,  Sabine Meyer
    Conductor:  Jörg Faerber
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Württemberg Chamber Orchestra
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    Moods - Lay Down And Listen / Gabriel, Kegel, Walter, Et Al
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 1263 Release Date: 10/23/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Louis Spohr,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov  ... 
    Performer:  Elfrun Gabriel,  Valentin Gheorghiu,  Richard Waage,  Arthur Bauer  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert Kegel,  Jörg-Peter Weigle,  Otmar Suitner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin Octet,  Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 18.
    Danzi: Complete Wind Quintets / Derwinger, Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1581 Release Date: 07/24/2007   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Franz Danzi
    Performer:  Henning Trog,  Walter Seyfarth,  Michael Hasel,  Andreas Wittman  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Woodwind Quintet members,  Berlin Philharmonic Woodwind Quintet
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    Haydn, Cpe Bach: Cello Concertos;  Mozart, Et Al / Harrell
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 425478 Release Date: 04/18/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Christoph W. Gluck,  Franz Danzi  ... 
    Performer:  Lynn Harrell
    Conductor:  Lynn Harrell
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra
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  • 20.
    Zemlinsky, Danzi, Ligeti, Et Al / Zemlinsky Wind Quintet
    Label: Orf   Catalog: 114 Release Date: 01/02/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander von Zemlinsky,  Franz Danzi,  György Ligeti,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Kurt Franz Schmid,  Andrea Krauk,  Gottfried Pokorny,  Heidrun Wagner-Lazendorfer  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zemlinsky Wind Quintet
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  • 21.
    Classical Euphonium / Chevailler, Lloyd, London Sinfonia
    Label: Albany Records   Catalog: 201 Release Date: 10/24/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  George Frideric Handel,  Franz Danzi
    Performer:  Jean-Pierre Chevailler
    Conductor:  George Lloyd
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of London Sinfonia
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  • 22.
    Classic Clarinet - Danzi, Et Al / Bohemia Festival Duo
    Label: Gall (Formerly Gallo)   Catalog: 1166 Release Date: 06/06/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Baptist Vanhal,  François Devienne,  Franz Danzi,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Wenzel Grund,  Michaela Sopikova
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bohemia Festival Duo
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  • 23.
    The Art Of Barry Tuckwell
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000624902 Release Date: 03/14/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Knechtl,  Luigi Cherubini,  Franz Danzi,  Michael Haydn  ... 
    Performer:  Barry Tuckwell,  Vladimir Ashkenazy
    Conductor:  Iona Brown,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Peter Maag,  István Kertész  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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    The Most Relaxing Flute Music In The Universe
    Label: Denon Records   Catalog: 17593 Release Date: 03/14/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Michel Blavet,  Benedetto Marcello,  Johann Gottfried Müthel  ... 
    Performer:  Masahiro Arita,  Chiyoko Arita,  Wieland Kuijken,  Tetsuya Nakano  ... 
    Conductor:  Maximiano Valdes,  Hans Stadlmair,  Jean-Pierre Rampal
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nice Philharmonic Orchestra,  Munich Chamber Orchestra,  Mozart String Trio  ... 
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    Ich War Ein Berliner / James Galway, Berlin PO
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 4776077 Release Date: 02/14/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Danzi,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Anton Reicha,  Richard Strauss  ... 
    Performer:  James Galway,  Lothar Koch,  Gerd Seifert,  Günter Piesk  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan,  Karl Böhm
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Winds,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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