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Dannreuther, Edward (George)

Dannreuther, Edward (George)

Dannreuther, Edward (George) , pianist and music scholar, brother of Gustav Dannreuther; b. Strasbourg, Nov. 4, 1844; d. London, Feb. 12, 1905. He went with his parents in 1849 to Cincinnati, where he was taught by F.L. Ritter; then studied at the Leipzig Cons, with Richter, Moscheles, and Hauptmann (1859–63). On April 11, 1863, he made his debut in London, playing Chopin’s Concerto in F minor. He introduced into England the piano concertos of Liszt, Grieg, and Tchaikovsky. In 1872 he founded the London Wagner Soc., and conducted its concerts in 1873–74; was an active promoter of the Wagner Festival (1877). He was appointed a prof, at the Royal Academy of Music in 1895. An indefatigable champion of the new composers, Dannreuther was equally active on behalf of the older masters; the chamber music concerts that he gave at his home (1874–93) were famous. Dannreuther visited the U.S. several times.


Richard Wagner and the Reform of the Opera,” Monthly Musical Record (separately, London, 1873; 2nd ed., rev., 1904); Richard Wagner, His Tendencies and Theories (London, 1873); Musical Ornamentation (2 vols., London, 1893–95); The Romantic Period, Vol. VI of the Oxford History of Music (London, 1905; 3rd ed., 1931).

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire

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