Skip to main content

Sechter, Simon

Sechter, Simon

Sechter, Simon, famous Austrian organist, pedagogue, and composer; b. Friedberg, Bohemia, Oct. 11, 1788; d. Vienna, Sept. 10, 1867. In 1804 he went to Vienna, where he studied with L. Kozeluh and Hartmann; then was a piano and singing teacher at the Inst. for the Blind (1810–25). He also was assist. (1824–25) and principal (from 1825) Hoforganist, and likewise served as prof. of thoroughbass and counterpoint at the Cons. (1851–63). He won his greatest renown as a teacher, numbering among his best-known pupils Henselt, Bruckner, Vieuxtemps, and Thalberg; Schubert took a lesson from him (Nov. 4, 1828) shortly before his untimely death. Although he was a master contrapuntist, his output is unknown outside his homeland. Among his more than 8, 000 works were 3 operas, Ezzeline, die unglückliche Gegangene aus Deli-Katesse (1843; not perf.), Ali Hitsch-Hatsch (1843; Vienna, Nov. 12, 1844), and Melusine (1851; not perf.), 2 oratorios, Die Offenbarung Johannes (1838–45) and Sodoms Untergang (1840), 35 masses, 2 Requiems, many other sacred works, choral pieces, orch. music, and chamber pieces.

Writings

Die Grundsätze der musikalischen Komposition: I, Die richtige Folge der Grundharmonien (Leipzig, 1853), II, Von den Gesetzen des Taktes in der Musik; Vom einstimmigen Satz; Die Kunst, zu einer gegebenen Melodie die Harmonie zu finden (Leipzig, 1853), and III, Vom drei- und zweistimmigen Satze; Rhythmische Entwürfe; Vom strengen Satze, mit Kurzen Andeutungen des freien Satzes; Vom doppelten Contrapunkte (Leipzig, 1854).

Bibliography

C. Pohl, S. S. (Vienna, 1868); J. Markus, S. S.: Biographisches Denkmal (Vienna, 1888); G. Capellen, 1st das System S. S.s ein geeigneter Ausgangspunkt für die theoretische Wagnerforschung? (Leipzig, 1902); E. Tittel, S. S. als Kirchenkomponist (diss., Univ. of Vienna, 1935).

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire

Cite this article
Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography.

  • MLA
  • Chicago
  • APA

"Sechter, Simon." Baker’s Biographical Dictionary of Musicians. . Encyclopedia.com. 18 Nov. 2018 <https://www.encyclopedia.com>.

"Sechter, Simon." Baker’s Biographical Dictionary of Musicians. . Encyclopedia.com. (November 18, 2018). https://www.encyclopedia.com/arts/dictionaries-thesauruses-pictures-and-press-releases/sechter-simon-0

"Sechter, Simon." Baker’s Biographical Dictionary of Musicians. . Retrieved November 18, 2018 from Encyclopedia.com: https://www.encyclopedia.com/arts/dictionaries-thesauruses-pictures-and-press-releases/sechter-simon-0

Learn more about citation styles

Citation styles

Encyclopedia.com gives you the ability to cite reference entries and articles according to common styles from the Modern Language Association (MLA), The Chicago Manual of Style, and the American Psychological Association (APA).

Within the “Cite this article” tool, pick a style to see how all available information looks when formatted according to that style. Then, copy and paste the text into your bibliography or works cited list.

Because each style has its own formatting nuances that evolve over time and not all information is available for every reference entry or article, Encyclopedia.com cannot guarantee each citation it generates. Therefore, it’s best to use Encyclopedia.com citations as a starting point before checking the style against your school or publication’s requirements and the most-recent information available at these sites:

Modern Language Association

http://www.mla.org/style

The Chicago Manual of Style

http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/tools_citationguide.html

American Psychological Association

http://apastyle.apa.org/

Notes:
  • Most online reference entries and articles do not have page numbers. Therefore, that information is unavailable for most Encyclopedia.com content. However, the date of retrieval is often important. Refer to each style’s convention regarding the best way to format page numbers and retrieval dates.
  • In addition to the MLA, Chicago, and APA styles, your school, university, publication, or institution may have its own requirements for citations. Therefore, be sure to refer to those guidelines when editing your bibliography or works cited list.