Rodolphe Kreutzer (1766-1831, French)

Although of German descent, this is the French Kreutzer, NOT to be confused with the early-Romantic German composers Conradin Kreutzer (1780-1849) and the more obscure Joseph Kreutzer (1790-1840). One of the foremost violin virtuosos of his time and, with Pierre Rode and Pierre Baillot the founder of the French school of violin, Rodolphe was the dedicatee of Beethoven’s 9th Violin Sonata, although he appears never to have played it.  If this is true – oh the ignorant ingratitude! To have your name engraved into posterity because of that dedication, and NEVER to have paid your respectful and devoted tribute to the work?

As a composer, I’ve encountered Kreutzer mainly in collections devoted to composers of the French Revolution (as they flourished during the celebration of the bicentennial), like Jean-Claude Malgoire’s Chantons la Révolution on CBS 54607 (Overture of the operetta Paul et Virginie) or Cybelia CY 841, Musiques de la Révolution française – Hommage du monde – L’Europe (Davaux, Cambini, Kreutzer) by Luis Michal, Marta Carfi, Orchestre de chambre de Bavière Munich (a duo for two violins). Nothing particularly significant. His opera La Mort d’Abel (The Death of Abel) was recorded in 2010 by Ensemble Les Agrémens under Guy van Waas and published in 2012 in a limited edition by Ediciones Singulares and the Palazzo Bru-Zane/Centre for French Romantic Music, ES 1008 (barcode 9788493968618); it is probably worth the investigation.