Berger, Ludwig, German composer, pianist, and teacher; b. Berlin, April 18, 1777; d. there, Feb. 16, 1839. He studied flute and piano. He went to Berlin in 1799, where he received instruction in harmony and counterpoint with Gürrlich. In 1804 he went to Russia, but fled in the face of Napoleon’s invasion in 1812. In 1815 he returned to Berlin and was active mainly as a teacher, numbering among his students Mendelssohn, Henselt, and Taubert. He wrote a Piano Concerto, seven piano sonatas, songs, and numerous piano works.
L. Rellstab, L. B. (Berlin, 1846); D. Siebenkàs, L B.: Sein Leben una seine Werke unter besonderer Berücksichtigung seines Liedschaffens (Berlin, 1963).
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