Maas, Louis



Pianist and composer of unusual ability; born at Wiesbaden, Germany. His father gave him his first instruction on the piano, and from 1867 to 1871 he studied with Papperitz and Reinecke at the Leipsic Conservatory, and for three summers was under the instruction of Liszt. From 1875 to 1880 he taught piano at the Leipsic Conservatory, and in 1880 came to America, settling in Boston, where from 1881 to 1882 he conducted the Boston Philharmonic concerts. He had many private pupils and was for a time connected with the New England Conservatory of Music. As a concert pianist, he visited many of the principal cities of the United States. He died in Boston when only thirty-seven years old. Doctor Maas was a great addition to the musical circle of Boston and he contributed to music on American subjects the interesting symphony, On the Prairies. His other compositions are twelve Phantasiestück for piano; violin sonatas; fantasies; piano concerto in C minor; overtures; suites and marches for orchestra; a string quartet and some songs.