Schneider, Georg Abraham

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Schneider, Georg Abraham

Schneider, Georg Abraham, German horn player, oboist, conductor, and composer; b. Darmstadt, April 19, 1770; d. Berlin, Jan. 19, 1839. He studied with J.W. Magnold in Darmstadt, where he became a member of the court chapel in 1787; later took courses in theory and composition with J.G. Portmann. In 1795 he joined the Rheinsberg Court Orch., then settled in Berlin and became a member of the royal chapel in 1803. He founded a series of subscription concerts in 1807 and the Musikalische Übungsakademie zur Bildung der Liebhaber in 1818; also was conductor of the Reval theater (1813–16). He was made music director of Berlin’s royal theater in 1820 and then its Kapellmeister in 1825. He taught at the music school of the royal theater and at the Prussian Academy of Arts.


DRAMATIC : Operetta: Die Orakelspruch; Aucassin und Nicolette; Die Verschworenen; Der Traum; Der Währwolf. Other Dramatic: 13 ballets; music to numerous plays; melodramas; etc. OTHER : 2 oratorios; cantatas; orch. masses; 54 entr’actes for Orch.; overtures; concertos for Horn, Flute, Oboe, English Horn, Bassoon, etc.; quintets, quartets, and other chamber music.


A. Meyer-Hanno, G.A. S. und seine Stellung im Musikleben Berlins (Berlin, 1965).

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire

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