Franz Paul Rigler
Franz Xaver Paul Rigler (Riegler) or František Pavol Rigler (1747/1748 – October 17, 1796) was an Austrian piano virtuoso, composer, teacher and theorist.
Rigler was probably born in Vienna, Austria. In the period from around 1775 to 1791, he was the music professor at the Hauptnazionalschule in Bratislava. Until interrupting his performances on keyboard in about 1785, he was regarded as one of the best keyboard players of his time.
His piano compositions and songs were published in Vienna and Bratislava. Among his works, the most important one is the Anleitung zum Gesange, und dem Klaviere (1779), which covers practically all areas of music. His writings are influenced by late 18th-century Viennese tendencies in music and they also present information on the Viennese, Slovak and Hungarian music culture relationships.
He died on October 17, 1796, in Vienna.
- Rigler, Franz Paul from The Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians