Reichardt

1991 RJ7. Discovered 1991 Sept. 13 by F. Borngen and L. D. Schmadel at Tautenburg.

Named in memory of the German composer Johann Friedrich Reichardt (1752-1814), who for 20 years was conductor of the orchestra of the Royal Prussian court in Potsdam {see planet (5816)}. Dismissed because of his positive attitude towards the French revolution, he lived in Halle-Giebichenstein after 1794. For a time he was a collaborator of Goethe {see planet (3047)}. Numerous young poets and artists received encouragement from him. His extensive compositions include some 1000 songs in 30 collections using words from nearly all the German poets. He is considered the precursor of Schubert {see planet (3917)}. (M 34631) Name proposed by the first discoverer.

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