Witte, Georg Heinrich



Born at Utrecht; son of Christopher Witte, an organ-builder. He studied at the Royal School of Music at The Hague and in Leipsic Conservatory. His teachers were Nicolai, Moscheles, Plaidy, Hauptmann and Reinecke. He began his career as a teacher first in Leipsic, and then in Alsatia. In 1872 he was made conductor of the Musical Society of Essen and ten years later was given the title of Royal musical director. His compositions are a grand choral work, An die Sonne; two character sketches; a cello concerto; grand elegy for violin and orchestra; sonata for piano; a concert waltz; waltzes for four hands; and a piano quartet in A, for which he was awarded a prize. He also edited thirty-four of Cramer's studies with phrase marks.