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Emil von Reznicek

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Emil von Reznicek


Emil von Reznicek (4 May 1860, Vienna, Austria – 2 August 1945, Berlin, Germany) was an Austrian composer and conductor.

Reznicek and originally studied to be a lawyer. He entered the Leipzig Conservatory in 1882, leaving one year later to devote full time to composition and directing theater orchestras in many different European cities.

In 1889, Reznicek became director of the military band of the 88th Regiment in Prague. His experience in this capacity led him to write a lengthy dissertation on military bands and band music (1916) in which he decried the subservience of music to military commanders' non-musical tastes.

Reznicek's biggest success was an opera, Donna Diana, which was premiered in Prague in 1894 while he was still director of the 88th Regiment Band. His total output includes ten operas and various other choral and orchestral works. Despite the fact that he spent about seven years as a military band director, most of his compositions or arrangements for band have been lost.

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