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Richard Bartmuß (Composer)

Born: December 23, 1859 - Schleesen (Kr. Wittenberg)
Died: December 25, 1910 - Dessau, Germany

Richard Bartmuß was a German composer. As a first son of the organist Woldemar Bartmuß in Schleesen, he was born into musical surroundings. The father was well-known for his organ lectures at the Schleesener Dorfkirche, Franz Liszt gave him as appreciation his entire organ compositions. In 1860 the family moved to Bitterfeld, where Richard already supported his father with the musical organization of the services. He visited the Wittenberger Gymnasium and due to his high musical interest, was sent to the teacher seminar in Delitzsch. In 1879 he passes the first and second teacher examination and became a teacher at the Knabenschule in Wittenberg. He finisged the state examination in 1881 down.

In 1885 Richard Bartmuß became organist at the Schlosskirche St. Marien in Dessau. On April 29, 1890 he became court organist of duke Friedrichs I. Still in the same he married the concert singer and pianist Anna Schubert, with whom he had five children. He received honour, such as the "Königlicher Musikdirigent" (Royal Music Conductor), the "Orden für Wissenschaft und Kunst" (Medal for Science and Art), as well as in 1903 the appointments as the "Königlichen Professor für Musik" (Royal Professor for Music).


Die Heilandsworte am Kreuz op.51 (Passionsmusik)
Rezitativ und Arioso für Posaune
Organ Sonatas
Zehn Charakterstücke op.36
Präludium d-moll op.36
Mache dich auf, werde Licht, Motette for 4-voice Choir & Organ, op.12,1


Source: German Wikipedia Website, English translation by Aryeh Oron (February 2006)
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Aryeh Oron (February 2006)

Use of Chorale Melodies in his works


Chorale Melody


Christ ist erstanden, Chorale Fantasia for organ

Christ ist erstanden

2 Chorale Fantasias on Christ ist erstanden and Jesu meine Freude for Organ, op. 44

Jesu, meine Freude

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Richard Bartmuß (Wikipedia) [German]




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