Sandberger, Adolf

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Sandberger, Adolf

Sandberger, Adolf , eminent German musicologist; b. Würzburg, Dec. 19, 1864; d. Munich, Jan. 14, 1943. He studied composition in Würzburg and Munich (1881–87) and musicology in Munich and Berlin (1883–87), and obtained his Ph.D. in 1887 at the Univ. of Würzburg with the diss. Peter Cornelius (publ. in Leipzig, 1887) and completed his Habilitation in 1894 at the Univ. of Munich with his Beiträge zur Geschichte der Bayerischen Hofkapelle unter Orlando di Lasso (Vols. 1 and 3 publ. in Leipzig, 1894–95; Vol. 2 not pubi). In 1889 he was appointed head of the music dept. at the Bavarian Hofbibliothek in Munich; also was a reader (1900–1904) and a prof. (1904–30) at the Univ. of Munich. He was ed. of Denkmaler der Tonkunst in Bayern (1900–1931) and the Neues Beethoven-Jahrbuch (1924–12); with F. Haberl, he also ed. Breitkopf & Härtel’s monumental edition of the complete works of Lassus (1894–1927). Sandberger was one of the most important teachers of musicology in Germany; he formulated the basic principles of 20th-century musical bibliography. Among his writings were Emmanuel Chabriers Gwendoline (Munich, 1898), Über zwei ehedem Wolfgang Mozart zugeschriebene Messen (Munich, 1907), and Ausgewählte Aufsätze zur Musikgeschichte (Munich, 1921–24). He was also a composer; wrote 2 operas, choral pieces, chamber works, songs, etc.


T. Kroyer, ed., Festschrift zum 50. Geburtstag A. S.(Munich, 1918).

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire