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FRANZ DANZI  

(1763 - 1826)

Franz Danzi served as a cellist in the famous Mannheim orchestra, remaining in Mannheim when the Electoral court moved to Munich in 1778. In 1783 Danzi took his father's place in the Munich orchestra and now continued his career as a composer with his third German opera. Having married a singer, he enjoyed an active career in opera that led to his appointment as deputy Kapellmeister in Munich in 1798. After his wife's death he returned to Mannheim and in 1807 was appointed Kapellmeister in Stuttgart, where he met Weber. In 1812 he moved to Karlsruhe, where again he was able to stage operas by Weber. He was, at the same time, a prolific composer in many genres.

Stage Works

Danzi wrote some eighteen stage works, generally in the form of German Singspiel, with its mixture of music and spoken dialogue. Other forms used include melodrama, with its simultaneous music and speech, and grand opera in a setting of a version of the early 18th century libretto by Apostolo Zeno, Iphigenie in Aulis.

Vocal and Choral Music

Danzi wrote sacred and secular choral music, Masses, oratorios and cantatas. His songs and canzonettes are in contemporary style, but no longer regarded as an important part of German song tradition.

Orchestral Music

In orchestral music Danzi was similarly prolific, contributing principally to the Sinfonia concertante and concerto repertoire.

Chamber Music

Danzi's chamber music includes sextets, quintets, quartets and trios, some for strings, some for wind instruments and some for a combination of the two. His duo sonatas show a similar variety in their instrumentation. These works are generally in a style that reflects his own early experience in Mannheim and the influence of his teacher Abt Vogler, with whom Weber also studied.

Piano Music

There is a smaller amount of piano music by Danzi, including a number of works for four hands.

Role: Classical Composer 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
DANZI, F.: Chamber Music (Consortium Classicum) Orfeo
C674081A
Chamber Music
DANZI, F.: Flute Concertos Nos. 1-4 (Adorján, Munich Chamber Orchestra, Stadlmair) Orfeo
C003811A
Concerto, Orchestral, Concerto, Orchestral, Concerto
DANZI: Bassoon Concertos Naxos
8.554273
Concerto
DANZI: Wind Quintets, Op. 56, Nos. 1-3 / Wind Sextet, Op. 10 Naxos
8.553076
Chamber Music
DANZI: Wind Quintets, Op. 67, Nos. 1-3 Naxos
8.553570
Chamber Music
DANZI: Wind Quintets, Op. 68, Nos. 1-3 / Horn Sonata, Op. 44 Naxos
8.554694
Chamber Music
DODERER, J.: Mon cher cousin / STAMITZ, C.: Cello Concerto No. 1 / MOZART, W.A.: Divertimento, "Salzburg Symphony No. 1" (Leskovar, Kammer) Oehms Classics
OC714
Orchestral
Flute and Clarinet Music - DANZI, F. / PUCKETT, J. / SAINT-SAËNS, C. (Winged Creatures) (A. and D. McGill, Chicago Youth Symphony, Tinkham) Cedille
CDR90000-187
Concerto
Horn Recital: Joy, Andrew - HAYDN, J. / ROSETTI, A. / PUNTO, G. / CHERUBINI, L. / DANZI, F. Capriccio
C10837
Concerto
KLIEGEL, Maria: Virtuoso Cello Showpieces Naxos
8.557613
Chamber Music
TOESCHI, C.J.: Symphony in D Major / DANZI, F.: Piano Concerto in E-Flat Major / WENDLING, J.B.: Flute Concerto, Op. 4 (Hammer) Capriccio
C10861
Concerto
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE CONCERT BAND: Aspire Altissimo
75442260482
Chamber Music
UNITED STATES ARMY FIELD BAND AND SOLDIER'S CHORUS: Musical Ambassadors of the Army Altissimo
75442261152
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
WEBER, C.M. von: Grand pot-pourri / DANZI, F.: Cello Concerto in E Minor / STAMITZ, C.: Cello Concerto No. 2 (Blees, Berlin Symphony, Bünte) Turnabout
3037100232
Concerto




 
 
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