A Dictionary of Music and Musicians/Grund, Friedrich

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GRUND, Friedrich Wilhelm, born at Hamburg Oct. 7, 1791, at first studied the violoncello and pianoforte with the intention of becoming a public performer on both instruments, but after a few successful appearances in his 17th year, his right hand became crippled, and he was obliged to abandon his public career. He now took a keen interest in the musical affairs of his native town, where in 1819 he was instrumental in founding the Singakademie; he remained director until 1862, when he also retired from the direction of the Philharmonische Concerte with which he had been connected since 1828. In 1867 he took an active part with Gradener in the formation of the Hamburger Tonkünstlerverein. He died Nov. 24, 1874. His numerous works include two operas, 'Mathilde' and 'Die Burg Falkenstein,' a cantata 'Die Auferstehung und Himmelfahrt Christi,' an eight-part mass, symphonies, overtures, and much chamber music.

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