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Keith Polk Music Lecture Series: Tom Moore- Florida International University
The University of New Hampshire Department of Music Keith Polk Music Lecture Series welcomes Tom Moore from Florida International University. The lecture is entitled Johann Friedrich Reichardt: Composer as Journalist.
The Prussian composer Johann Friedrich Reichardt was born in 1752 in Königsberg, East Prussia, into a musical family, and by the age of ten was already a touring violinist and keyboardist. He studied at the local university, where Kant helped shape his intellectual approach to music and the arts. His writings on music began to be published already by the time he was 22, eventually numbering at least a dozen books, along with editing a half-dozen periodicals. By age 23 he accepted the position of Kapellmeister for Frederick the Great, and continued in this position after Frederick’s death in 1786, with the succession of Frederick William II. His compositions included operas, songs, concertos, symphonies, chamber music, and numerous keyboard sonatas. The New Grove considers that “Reichardt’s importance as a writer…was probably equal to his importance as a composer”.
In spite of this, Reichardt’s writings continue to be almost unknown to the English-speaking music-lover and musicologist. Of particular interest are his three sets of “intimate letters”, first-hand reporting on France, 1792; France, during the Consulate of Napoleon; and Austria in 1808-1809. The lecture will introduce this important figure in music history, and for history more generally.
Tom Moore holds degrees in music from Harvard and Stanford and studied traverso with Sandra Miller. From 2004 to 2007, he was visiting professor of music at the University of Rio de Janeiro (UniRio), where he co-directed the early music ensemble, Camerata Quantz. He has recorded with Kim Reighley and Mélomanie for Lyrichord (USA) and with Le Triomphe de l'Amour for Lyrichord and A Casa Discos (Brazil). Mr. Moore writes about music for BrazilMax.com, Musicabrasileira.org, 21st Century Music, Opera Today, Flute Talk, Flutist Quarterly, and other journals. He has also sung professionally with the Symphonic Chorus of Rio de Janeiro and Concert Royal and Pomerium Musices of New York.
Established in 2015, the Keith Polk Music Lecture Series offers two lectures each semester, one from a visiting scholar and one from a UNH music department faculty member. Polk, an emeritus faculty in the department, is one of the world's pre-eminent scholars of Renaissance instrumental music. All lectures are free and open to the public.
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