Franz Paul Lachner (1803 -- 1890) was a German composer
and conductor born in "Rain am Lech" to a musical
family (his brothers Ignaz, Theodor and Vinzenz also
became musicians). He studied music with Simon Sechter
and Maximilian, the Abbé Stadler. He conducted at the
Theater am Kärntnertor in Vienna. In 1834, he became
Kapellmeister at Mannheim. In 1835 he received the
first prize for symphonic composition at Vienna with
his Sinfonia passionata, and became royal Kapellmeister
at Munich, becoming a major figure in its musical life,
conducting at the opera and various concerts and
festivals. His career there came to a sudden end in
1864 after Richard Wagner's disciple Hans von Bülow
took over Lachner's duties. Lachner remained officially
in his post on extended leave for a few years until his
Lachner was a well-known and prolific composer in his
day, though he is not now considered a major composer.
His work, influenced by Ludwig van Beethoven and his
friend Franz Schubert, is regarded as competent and
craftsman-like, but is now generally little known.
Among his greatest successes were his opera Catharina
Cornaro (1841, preceding Donizetti by three years), his
Requiem, and his seventh orchestral suite (1881).
Although this work was written for Chorus (SATB with
Solo Soprano) and Orchestra, I created this arrangement
for Viola and Acoustic Piano.