Christian Gottlob Neefe

1748 (Chemnitz, Saxony, now Germany) – 1798 (?Dessau)

Neefe followed Hiller as kapellmeister with a travelling theatre. He was the 12-year-old Beethoven’s first real teacher of music: they remained friends for many years. Reicha played alongside Neefe and Beethoven in Reicha’s uncle’s orchestra, and may also have been taught by Neefe.