Burgmüller: Friedrich: 4 Dec 1806 – 13 Feb 1874

By | August 26, 2020


Lithograph of Friedrich Burgmuller's head and shoulders during  his thirties

Johann Friedrich Burgmüller is more commonly known as Friedrich Burgmüller. He was a German pianist and composer.

Originating from a musical background, his father was a music teacher, composer, pianist and Friedrich’s teacher. His mother, a pianist and singer. He was close to his brother Norbert Burgmüller who was also a composer, conductor and pianist.

Career & Works

Deciding to travel to Paris in 1832, Burgmüller chose to remain there for the rest of his life. He became well known in Paris as a music teacher and internationally for his salon music. His brother was planning to join him in Paris however he sadly drowned in an accident. Burgmüller spent some of his time promoting his brother’s music.

His was popular among amateur musicians as the technical challenges in his work are limited. Burgmüller is best known for his three collections for the piano of ‘children etudes’ (teaching pieces). These continue to provide a base for piano teaching today. His most successful of the three was Op. 100: ’25 Études faciles et progressives’ (25 Easy and Progressive Studies). This is for early intermediate students. The remaining two are for more advanced students;- Op. 105 and 109. On music-scores.com we have a number of arrangements of Friedrich Burgmüller Op.100 Sheet Music.

Burgmüller’s other compositions include pieces for the ballet, including two contributions to the score of Giselle in 1841.

Despite producing work directed at children he never married or had any children. He died in Paris in 1874.

Further Reading & Downloads

On music-scores.com we have over forty downloads of Friedrich Burgmüller Sheet Music.

For further information take a look at Wikipedia and Naxos.

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