Genée was born in Danzig. One of his best-known works was the libretto of Karl Millöcker's operetta Der Bettelstudent, which he co-wrote with Friedrich Zell (the pseudonym of Camillo Walzel). He also wrote the libretto to Ella Adayevskaya's 1877 opera Zarya. In 1857 he was conductor of the philharmonic orchestra In Mainz.
In 1876, Genée composed the operetta Der Seekadet. The operetta featured a game of chess in its second act and later lent its name to the chess opening trap found in the match the Seekadettenmatt (German for naval cadet mate). The move is usually known in English as the Légal Trap. He died at Baden bei Wien.
- Biography from Planet Vienna (German)
- »Das musikalisch-schachliche Operetten-Mysterium« by Stephan Maaß (German)
- List of works (German)
- on YouTube from Pula, Croatia chant Italian salad - finale
- Free scores by Richard Genée in the Choral Public Domain Library (ChoralWiki)
- Free scores by Richard Genée at the International Music Score Library Project
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