Burgmueller, Johann Friedrich Franz

Period: Romantic

Born: Thursday, December 4, 1806 in Regensburg, Germany

Died: Friday, February 13, 1874 in Beaulieu, France

Nation of Origin: Germany

Major Works:
Ballet Music: La Péri

Other Information:
Burgmueller was born in Regensburg, Germany on December 4, 1806. He died in Beaulieu, a French town near Paris, on February 13, 1874. He was the son of Johann August Franz, a well-regarded scholar, organist, and conductor of the time. His brother, Norbert, was an even more gifted composer who died at the age of 26 leaving an unfinished symphony. Johann Friedrich Franz Burgmuller lived many years in France and composed piano music in a light style for performances in Parisian salons. Many of his works are included in volumes of piano music for study by young pianists and his work is often featured in piano recitals.
Steven G. Estrella


General Bibliography:
Blume, Friedrich, with Norton, M. D. (Translator) and Norton, Herter (Translator), Classic and Romantic Music; A Comprehensive Survey, W. W. Norton & Company, November 1970, ISBN: 0393098680

Einstein, Alfred. Music in the Romantic Era, W. W. Norton & Company, December 1947, ISBN: 0393097331

Rosen, Charles, The Romantic Generation, W. W. Norton & Company, April 1995, ISBN: 0674779347

Slonimsky, Nicolas and Kuhn, Laura; Editors, Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians, Gale Group, December 2000, ISBN: 0028655257

Sadie, Stanley and Tyrrell, John; Editors, The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, Groves Dictionaries, Inc., January 2004, ISBN: 0195170679

Rutherford-Johnson, Tim, Kennedy, Michael, and Kennedy, Joyce The Oxford Dictionary of Music, Oxford University Press, 6th Edition, 2012, ISBN: 0199578109


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Biographical essay from Wikipedia
MIDI files of a few of his works