Radziwill, Prince Anton Heinrich (Antoni Henryk)

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Radziwill, Prince Anton Heinrich (Antoni Henryk)

Radziwill, Prince Anton Heinrich (Antoni Henryk) , Polish cellist, guitarist, singer, composer, and music patron; b. near Vilnius, June 13, 1775; d. Berlin, April 7, 1833. He became widely known as a music patron, his Berlin residence becoming a gathering place for musicians. He befriended Beethoven, Goethe, Mendelssohn, Zelter, Chopin, and others; became governor of the Grand Duchy of Posen (1815). Among the works dedicated to him were Beethoven’s Namensfeier overture, op.115, Mendelssohn’s Piano Quartet, op.l, and Chopin’s Introduction and Polonaise for Piano and Cello, op.3, and Trio in G minor, op. 8. His own works include incidental music to Goethe’s Faust (Berlin, Oct. 25, 1835), piano pieces, and songs.


Z. Jachimecki and W. Pózniak, Antoni R. i jego muzyka do Fausta (Kraków, 1957).

—Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire