Berger, Wilhelm


Composer and piano teacher. Born in Boston of German parents, but was taken to Germany when only a year old. From 1878 to 1882 he studied in the Hochschule of Berlin, under Kiel. Berger has lived in Berlin for many years as a composer and a successful teacher. His principal compositions are his settings of Goethe's Meine Gottin, which won a prize of two thousand marks in 1898; his Gesang der Geister; Todtentanz, which was performed by the Boston Symphony Orchestra; many piano pieces, partsongs and over eighty songs. Berger is the conductor of the Meiningen Orchestra of Berlin.