Grand, Friedrich Wilhelm

1791-1874

German composer, conductor and teacher of music; born at Hamburg. Was a pupil of his father, and studied with a view to public performance; but his right hand becoming crippled, he turned his attention to other lines of musical effort, and in 1819 was instrumental in establishing the Singing Society of his native place, of which he was director until 1862, also Conducting the Philharmonic concerts from 1828 till the date of his retirement. He assisted Gradener in 1867 to organize the Hamburg Musicians' Union, and was much in demand as a teacher in Hamburg, where he died at the age of eighty-three. He was a prolific composer; his works including a cantata, Die Auferstehung und Himmelfahrt Christi; a mass for eight voices without accompaniment; symphonies; overtures; songs; chamber-music; and two unperformed operas, Mathilde, and Die Burg Falkenstein. His studies for piano were commended by Schumann.