Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Norbert Burgmuller: C Minor First Symphony

Norbert Burgmuller was a German composer who died young at the age of twenty six. He showed great promise in the two symphonies he wrote. He lived in Dusseldorf. He was a friend of Felix Bartholdy Mendelssohn. Burgmuller drank excessively and became an epileptic. He met an untimely end at the age of twenty six when he drowned in a spa in Aachen during one of his epileptic seizures. It was Robert Schumann who managed the posthumous publishing of his two symphonies. Schumann mentioned that Burgmuller's death was a cruel blow to the musical world in the same manner as that of Franz Schubert who also died young at the age of thirty one as a result of typhoid fever.

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