Johann Friedrich Burgmuller

Johann Friedrich Burgmuller

 

 

Biography


 

Composer Name: Johann Friedrich Franz Burgmuller

Born                     : December 4, 1806

Died                      : February 13, 1874

Nationality          : German

 

Johann Friedrich Franz Burgmuller was born in Regensburg, Germany. He was a pianist and composer in the Classical period. His father, August Burgmuller was a musical theatre director in Weimar and other Southern German centers. His brother, Norbert Burgmuller was also a pianist and composer. In 1829, Friedrich Burgmuller moved to Kassel to study with Ludwig Spohr and Mortiz Hauptmann. He appeared as a pianist for his first concert on January 14, 1830. After a few years, Friedrich moved to Paris in 1832 at the age of 26 where he adopted Parisian music and developed his trademark of light style playing. He stayed in Paris until his death on February 13, 1874.

 

The Music of Friedrich Burgmuller


 

Friedrich Burgmuller has composed many pieces of salon music for piano and published several albums during his lifetime. His works include variations, waltzes, nocturnes, polonaises, and ballets. His Op. 68, 76, 97, 100, and 105 etudes are widely used as piano teaching materials. His most performed piece, the Peasant Pas de Deux was added to the ballet Giselle for its 1841 premiere. This music was originally titled Souvenirs de Ratisbonne. It is still performed in every production of Giselle today. A list of Friedrich Burgmuller’s work can be found here.

 

 Burgmuller’s Etudes Op. 100 and Op. 109 Performed by Mitsuru Nagai:

 

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Burgmuller Sheet Music


25 Progressive Pieces, Op. 100 (Book & CD)

Opus 100, one of Burgmuller’s most famous etude consists of 25 pieces which are widely used in piano teaching. The beautiful pieces expose students to various technical challenges including phrasing, articulation, and dynamic. This book is suitable for piano students in early intermediate level.

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18 Characteristic Studies, Op. 109

This book can be used as a sequel to Opus 100 for late intermediate piano students. Each piece presents different technical challenges as the main theme. The pieces are lovely and musically appealing.

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12 Brilliant Studies, Op. 105

After completing Opus 109, students can move on to the 12 brilliant studies of Opus 105. This Opus is written to develop the student’s finger dexterity, strength, and flexibility. The melodious pieces are a reminiscent of Mendelssohn’s Songs Without Words.

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Burgmuller’s Opus 100 is one of my favorite books during my piano learning time because the melodious and lyrical pieces are fun to learn. How about you? Let us know by leaving a comment below!

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