Gurlitt Sheet Music and Biography
Cornelius Gurlitt was a German composer, born in Altona in 1820.
He was in the same class at school as Carl Reinecke whose father was head of Leipzig Conservatory. Gurlitt studied with Reinecke’s father for six years.
We have Gurlitt’s Op.144, No.4 Allegretto Scherzando featured on our site.
Life and Career
At the age of seventeen, Gurlitt made his first public appearance which was well received. He continued studying at The School of Music in Copenhagen with the Danish composer Weyse (on a royal Danish scholarship). It was here that he met Neils Gade and they became lifelong friends.
Cornelius spent time travelling and undertook various positions from organist for four years in Hørsholm and music teacher in Leipzig. His travels then took him to Rome alongside his brother who was a famous painter. It was here that he was nominated as an honorary member of Accademia di Santa Cecilia, graduating as a Professor of Music in 1855.
During the Schleswig War (1849-1851) he took the position of army bandmaster and afterward returned to Altona (near Hamburg). In Hamburg, he held the positions of organist at the main church and also teacher at the School of Music. In 1874 he became Royal Prussian “Musikdirektor“.
Gurlitt died on 17 June 1901 at the age of eighty-one in Altona.
Gurlitt Sheet Music Downloads and Further Reading
On music-scores.com we have three arrangements of Cornelius Gurlitt Sheet Music.
For further reading about this composer take a look at Wikipedia.