4th May 1860
2nd August 1945
Emil Nikolaus Joseph, Freiherr von Reznicek was an Austrian composer of Czech ancestry. Today, Reznicek is mainly remembered for the overture to his 1894 opera Donna Diana, a popular stand-alone piece at symphonic concerts, which served as the theme for the 'Yukon' American radio and TV Series (1947–1955, 1955-1958). It was also used in the 1950s on the BBC's Children's Hour by Stephen King-Hall for his talks on current affairs. Reznicek composed five symphonies orchestral works, suites, serenades, overtures, a violin concerto, several operas, and chamber music. The first of his four string quartets (1921) received its world premiere recording from the Franz Schubert Quartet of Vienna in 1996.