See also:born at
See also:Halle on the 28th of
See also:June 1815 . One of the most gifted of German
See also:song writers, he suffered in early
See also:life, as many musicians have suffered, from the hostility of his parents to a musical career . He was twenty years did when, his
See also:father's animosity conquered, he was allowed to live in
See also:Dessau to study
See also:organ-playing under Schneider . The two years of dry study under that famous teacher were advantageous chiefly in making him uncommonly intimate with the
See also:works of Bach and
See also:Handel, his knowledge of which he showed in his
See also:editions of the Matthaus Passion, Magnificat, ten cantatas, and of the
See also:Messiah and L' Allegro, though some of these editions have long been a subject of controversy among musicians . In 1843 he published his first
See also:book of songs, which ultimately was followed by some fifty more books, containing in all about 250 songs . At Halle,
See also:Franz filled various public offices, including those of organist to the city, conductor of the Sing-akademie and of the
See also:Symphony concerts, and he was also a royal
See also:music-director and
See also:master of the music at the university . The first book of songs was warmly praised by Schumann and
See also:Liszt, the latter of whom wrote a lengthy review of it in Schumann's paper, Die neue Zeitschrift, which later was published separately . Deafness had begun to make itself apparent as early as 1841, and Franz suffered also from a
See also:nervous disorder, which in 1868 compelled him to resign his offices . His future was then provided for by Liszt, Dr
See also:Joachim, Frau
See also:Magnus and others, who gave him the receipts of a concert tour, amounting to some ,00,000 marks . Franz died on the 24th of
See also:October 1892 . On his seventieth birthday he published his first and only pianoforte piece . It is easy to find here and there among his songs gems that are hardly less brilliant than the best of Schumann's .
Certainly no musician was ever more thoughtful and more painstaking . In addition to songs he wrote a setting for
See also:choir of the 117th Psalm, and a four-
See also:Kyrie; he also edited Astorga's Saaba± Mater and
See also:Durante's Magnificat .
FRANZ JOSEF LAND
FRANS MIKAEL FRANZEN (1772-1847)
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