German pianist, music pedagogue, and composer, son of Karl Joseph Birn-bach; b. Breslau, Jan. 8, 1793; d. Berlin, Aug. 24, 1879. He studied piano with his father. He taught in Breslau from 1814 to 1821, then settled in Berlin as a music teacher and founded a music inst. Among his pupils were Nicolai, Kücken, and Dehn. He composed 2 syms., 2 overtures, concertos for oboe, clarinet, and guitar, piano concertos, a Piano Quintet, piano sonatas, piano duos, etc. He also publ. a treatise, Der vollkommene Kapellmeister (1845).
—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire