Stade, Friedrich Wilhelm
Organist and composer; born at Halle. After studying with Friedrich Schneider at Dessau, he was conductor of Beethmann's Dramatic Company at Halle and Dessau until he became music director at Jena University, from which institution he received the degree of Doctor of Philosophy. He became conductor and Court organist at Altenburg in 1860, and held this position until 1891. He has made excellent arrangements of Bach's and Handel's sonatas and of Die Lieder und Spruche aus der letzten Zeit des Minnegesangs; and composed Vor Jena, a song popular with students; Easter and Christmas cantatas; fest-overture; seven books of organ-pieces; a violin sonata; music to Orestes by Rossman; eight Characterstücke; a suite and Kindersenate for four hands; overture to Schiller's Braut von Messina; psalms, and other organ and piano-music.