Faculty of Performance, Visual Arts and Communications

School of Music

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Friedrich Grützmacher

Friedrich W. L. GRÜTZMACHER b. Dessau, 1st March 1832; d. Dresden, 23rd February 1903. 

Teachers:

  • His father (member court orchestra in Dessau) - ???Frédéric Grützmacher, pianist, d. 1862??? Revue et gazette musicale de Paris, 29 (1862), pp. 98-100 
  • Carl Drechsler (1800-1873; a pupil of Dotzauer – Drechsler was also member Dessau court orchestra) 

Associates

  • Ferdinand David (Leipzig) 
  • Felix Mendelssohn (with whom he visited Clara Schumann on her birthday in 1843, aged 11) 
  • Robert and Clara Schumann 
  • Bernhard Cossmann (Leipzig) 
  • Joseph Joachim (Leipzig) 
  • Julius Rietz (Leipzig and Dresden) 
  • Carl Davidoff 
  • Leopold Auer 
  • August Wilhelmj 

Professional appointments

  • Member, Leipzig Gewandhaus and Euterpe (choral society) orchestras, 1848 
  • Principal cello, Leipzig Gewandhaus, 1850-1860 
  • Professor, Leipzig Conservatoire, 185?-1860 
  • Principal cello, Dresden Hofkapelle, 1860-1877; also ‘Kammermusikus’ in Meinigen 1870, and described as ‘of Meiningen’ in 1872 
  • Professor, Dresden Conservatoire, 1866-1903 

Chamber ensembles: - 

  • Gewandhaus Quartet with David 
  • Misc. quartets with Auer, Wilhelmj 
  • Chamber music with Carl Reinecke 

Selected pupils:   

  • Leopold Grützmacher (1835-1900, his younger brother, who also studied with Drechsler and also played in the Gewandhaus) 
  • Emil Hegar 
  • Wilhelm Fitzenhagen 
  • Josef Werner 
  • Johannes Klingenberg 
  • Oskar Brückner 
  • Dinan Alexanian 

Editions 

  • C.P.E. Bach: Viola da gamba sonata (G minor - Wq. 88, H510) (C.F. Peters, 1881). - 
  • J.S. Bach: Cello suites (two editions, both C.F. Peters; 1866 and 1867). - 
  • Beethoven: Cello sonatas (C.F. Peters, c. 1868 and c. 1894). -
  •  Beethoven: Horn sonata, Op 17, arr. cello (Breitkopf u. Härtel, 1867). - 
  • Beethoven: Romance, Op 40, arr. cello (Breitkopf u. Härtel, c. 1875). - 
  • Boccherini: Cello sonata in G (Senff, 1872). - 
  • Mendelssohn: Cello sonatas (C.F Peters, 1878). - 
  • Molique: Cello concerto (Breitkopf u. Härtel, 1900). - 
  • Schumann: Cello concerto (C.F. Peters, 1887). - 
  • Schumann: Sonata Op 121, arr. cello and piano (Breitkopf u. Härtel, 1874; Volksausgabe 1895).

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