The prolific German composer and organist Johann Christian Heinrich Rinck was born in Elgersburg on 18 February 1770. Following early lessons with his father, he was a student of Johann Christian Kittel in Erfurt.
Rinck's appointments included those of organist at Giessen, Kantor of the music school in Darmstadt and of court organist in Darmstadt, in which city he died on 7 August 1846.
His organ music, for which he is best known, includes the 'Practical Organ School' and a set of variations on Ah! vous dirai-je Maman. There are also piano works, chamber compositions and music for the church.
Musicianship and Panache - Michael Harris at the organ of Derby Cathedral, heard by Tony Westerman
Ensemble. Sorcerers and Apprentices - Collaborative organ performances at Derby Cathedral by Peter Gould, Tom Corfield, Christopher Johns, Ben Bloor and Sachin Gunga delight Tony Westerman