Müller, August Eberhard

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Müller, August Eberhard

Müller, August Eberhard, German organist and composer; b. Nordheim, Hannover, Dec. 13,1767; d. Weimar, Dec. 3,1817. He studied keyboard playing with his father, Matthäus Müller, an organist. After receiving instruction in harmony and composition from J.C.R Bach in Bückeburg, he studied law in Göttingen (1786). He was an organist at various churches at Magdeburg and Leipzig. In 1800 he became assistant to Johann Adam Hiller at the Thomasschule in Leipzig, and succeeded him as Kantor there in 1804; also was music director of the Thomaskirche and Nikolaikirche. In 1810 he became court conductor in Weimar. He wrote a Singspiel, Der Polterabend(Weimar, 1813 or 1814), 11 flute concertos, 2 keyboard concertos, cantatas, 17 keyboard sonatas and other works for keyboard, and chamber music. He pubi, a practical piano method (1805; actually the 6th ed. of G. Löhlein’s Clavier-Schule, rev. by Müller; Kalkbrennens method is based on it; Czerny pubi, the 8th ed. in 1825) and a method for the flute. He also pubi, cadenzas for, and a guide to the interpretation of, Mozart’s concertos, and arranged piano scores of Mozart’s operas, which were very popular in his time.

Bibliography

G. Haupt, A.E. M. ’s Leben und Klavierwerke(Leipzig, 1926).

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