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Otto Singer (Composer, Arranger)

Born: July 16, 1833 - Sora, Saxony, Germany
Died: January 3, 1894 - New York, NY, USA

The German composer, Otto Singer, was educated in Dresden, later in Leipzig until 1865, and had a short residence in Weimar with Franz Liszt. He taught in Dresden from 1860 then moved to the USA in 1867.

In 1873 Otto Singer went to Cincinnati as assistant musical director, under Theodore Thomas, of the first May Musical Festival, in that year. He composed the cantata The Pilgrim Fathers for the festival of 1876, and Festival Ode for the opening of the music-hall in 1878. He remained with the Cincinnati College of Music until 1892, when he returned to New York, where he died in 1794.

Otto Singer was an earnest and aggressive disciple of Franz Liszt and Wagner both in his compositions and piano performances. He conducted various singing societies, and in addition to the cantata mentioned he composed some sonatas for the pianoforte and a concerto.

 

Source: This article incorporates text from the Universal Cyclopædia & Atlas, 1902 edition, New York, D. Appleton & Co., a publication now in the public domain.
Contributed by
Bruce Miller (January 2008)

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