Collum, Herbert, German organist, harpsichordist, conductor, and composer; b. Leipzig, July 18, 1914. He studied organ with Straube and Ramin at the Hochschule für Musik in Leipzig, and also piano with Adolf Martienssen and composition with J.N. David. In 1934 he became organist of the Kreuzkirche in Dresden. He founded the Collum Concerts (1935) and the Collum Choir (1946) of Dresden. He was a distinguished interpreter of the music of Bach, both as organist and as harpsichordist; he also composed concertos for harpsichord and many vocal works.
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