The New International Encyclopædia/Riemann, Hugo

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RIEMANN, Hugo (1849—). A German writer on music, born at Grossmehlra, near Sondershausen. He was educated in theory by Frankenberger, studied the piano with Barthel and Ratzenberger, studied law, and finally philosophy and history at Berlin and Tübingen. After serving in the Franco-German war he entered the Leipzig Conservatory. Both as conductor and teacher at Bielefeld, he was most active until 1878, when he became university lecturer on music at Leipzig. As the much-desired appointment at the Conservatory did not follow, he went, in 1880, as teacher of music to Bromberg; and, from 1881 to 1890, was teacher at the Hamburg Conservatory. After a short career at the Sondershausen Conservatory he went, in 1890, to the Conservatory at Wiesbaden. Near the close of 1895 he returned to Leipzig as lecturer at the university. In 1901 he became professor. Besides composing many pianoforte pieces, songs, a pianoforte sonata, six sonatinas, a violin sonata, and a quartet for strings, he furnished after 1870 many critical, aesthetical, theoretical, and historical papers for journals. He also compiled a popular and eminently sound Musik-Lexikon (1882; 5th ed. 1899; Eng. trans., 1893-96).