Bargiel, Woldemar, German composer; b. Berlin, Oct. 3, 1828; d. there, Feb. 23, 1897. He was a half brother of Clara Schumann . As a boy he sang at the Berlin Cathedral and studied counterpoint with Dehn, and at the Leipzig Cons. (1846–50) with Hauptmann, Moscheles, Gade, and Rietz. He became prof. at the Cologne Cons. in 1859. He was a teacher and conductor in Rotterdam (1865–75); in 1874 became prof. of composition at the Berlin Hochschule für Musik. He was greatly admired by Schumann and Brahms, and his works, in a Romantic vein, were frequently performed; almost all of his music was publ. during his lifetime. He wrote a Sym., three overtures, String Octet, four string quartets, three piano trios, violin sonatas, numerous piano pieces, and songs.
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