Norbert Burgmüller: 8 Feb 1810 – 7 May 1836

By | August 27, 2020


Lithograph showing the head and shoulders of  Norbert Burgmuller smartly dressed

Norbert Burgmüller was born in Dusseldorf, Germany to a musical family. His mother was a music teacher and singer and his father was the director of a theatre, composer and pianist. His brother Friedrich Burgmüller was also a composer. It is said that Norbert possessed much more talent than his father and brother but lacked the ambition and worldly acumen.


After his studies he became a piano teacher in Kassel. However, he was distraught following a failed relationship, he then became epileptic and started to drink thus returning to his mother in Dusseldorf.

Whilst there he became friends with Felix Mendelssohn. When Mendelssohn left for Leipzig Burgmüller planned to go to Paris to be with his brother Friedrich. Unfortunately, Burgmüller never made it to Paris. He died after having an epileptic seizure at a spa.

A list of his works can be found on wikipedia including those unfinished pieces.

Further Reading & Downloads

On we have a few downloads of Norbert Burgmuller’s Op.15.  For further information take a look at Wikipedia and Naxos.

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