Kleinmichel, Richard


Son of Herman Kleinmichel, a bandmaster and musical director at Potsdam and Posen; was born at Posen, in 1846. He began his piano studies with his father, studying later in Hamburg, and from 1863 to 1866 at the Leipsic Conservatory under Hauptmann, Richter, Mocheles, Plaidy and Reinecke. Taught music in Hamburg, but in 1876 went to Leipsic, where in 1882 he became musical director at the City Theatre. He married Clara Monhaupt, a dramatic soprano, singing at Leipsic. Among his compositions are the operas, Manon and Der Pfeiffer von Dusenbach, besides a trio for piano and strings; concert overture; and other songs and piano-pieces.