Richard Franck (1858-1938)

Richard Franck was the son of the German composer, pianist and teacher Eduard Franck and the pianist Tony Franck (born Thiedemann). His father, sent Richard to the Leipzig Conservatory, where he studied with two of the leading teachers of the day, Carl Reinecke and Salomon Jadassohn. During the course of a long career, Franck held teaching positions at conservatories in both Germany (Kassel, Berlin, Heidelberg) and in Switzerland (Basle).


Although he did not reach the front rank amongst his contemporaries, he was nevertheless well-respected as a concert artist and as a composer. His conservative style was influenced by Reinecke and by his friend, the Swiss composer Hans Huber (1852–1921). Franck was firmly in the tradition of Mendelssohn and Schumann though it’s clear that he was not immune from the influence of Wagner, Grieg and Reger also. Those critics, who were familiar with his compositions and his piano playing, regularly lavished praised upon them. Powerful and full-sounding energy is shown in his works, not least in his Op.20 Piano Trio, which is a magnificent, significant composition, fresh in invention, firm and secure in its development, and mature in its expression.


The bulk of Franck's compositions are for solo piano, however, he also wrote orchestral and vocal compositions as well as a considerable amount of chamber music. Though he and his music have been long forgotten, as of late, his music has been rediscovered and is in the process of being revived. His piano trios, piano quartets and four sonatas have all been recently recorded on Audite, a selection of orchestra works on Sterling. Within the next years, all available works of Richard Franck will be published in critical editions by Pfefferkorn Music Publishers, Leipzig.


Edition of printed and posthumous works


Already published:


Sonatas for Violin and Piano

  • Nr. 1 D-Dur op. 14  
  • Nr. 2 c-Moll op. 35


3 Pieces for Flute Violin) and Piano op. 52


Piano Sonata op. 51 (2013)