Geisler, Paul


German dramatic composer; born at Stolp, Pomerania; was a pupil of his grandfather, the musical director at Marienburg, and later of Konstantin Decker, a pianist and composer of note. He was chorusmaster at the City Theatre, Leipsic, from 1881 to 1882, and next joined Angelo Neumann's Wagner Company. From 1883 to 1885 he was second conductor at Bremen, Anton Seidl being chief conductor. He lived in Leipsic for a number of years, later in Berlin, and finally in Posen, where he founded the Symphony concerts and became conductor of the Posen Orchestra. He has several operas to his credit, including Ingeborg; Hertha; Die Ritter von Marienburg; Palmi; and Wir Siegen. He has also written two cycles for solos, chorus and orchestra, Sansara and Golgotha; about a dozen symphonic poems, ot which may be noted The Pied Piper of Hamelin, and Till Eulenspiegel; incidental music for several dramas, and a few songs and piano-pieces. Comparatively few of his works have been published.