Franz Abt

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10 Duetten, Op.9110 Kinderlieder, Op.10710 Leichte Duetten, Op.13210 Leichte Duetten, Op.17410 Leichte zweistimmige Lieder, Op.18410 Leichte zweistimmige Lieder, Op.31610 Lieder, Opp.60-6112 Duette, Op.57613 Lieder und Gesänge für Männerchor, Op.36414 Lieder, Op.4712 Duette, Op.3262 Gedichte von W. Floto, Op.1282 Lieder für eine tiefe Stimme, Op.652 Lieder im Volkston, Op.4622 Lieder im Volkston, Op.5302 Lieder, Op.2592 Lieder, Op.3272 Lieder, Op.4862 Lieder, Op.5152 Lieder, Op.793 Duetten für Bariton und Bass, Op.4913 Duetten für Sopran und Bass, Op.763 Gedichte, Op.1183 Gedichte, Op.4253 Gesänge für Männerchor, Op.1483 Gesänge, Op.3543 Lieder für eine tiefere Stimme, Op.4283 Lieder für Soprano und Männer-Quartett, Op.5683 Lieder, Op.1063 Lieder, Op.1373 Lieder, Op.1653 Lieder, Op.1673 Lieder, Op.2043 Lieder, Op.2133 Lieder, Op.2403 Lieder, Op.2493 Lieder, Op.2643 Lieder, Op.2943 Lieder, Op.2983 Lieder, Op.3013 Lieder, Op.3063 Lieder, Op.3513 Lieder, Op.3603 Lieder, Op.3643 Lieder, Op.3763 Lieder, Op.3953 Lieder, Op.4043 Lieder, Op.4173 Lieder, Op.4213 Lieder, Op.4243 Lieder, Op.4363 Lieder, Op.4493 Lieder, Op.4633 Lieder, Op.4873 Lieder, Op.4933 Lieder, Op.5093 Lieder, Op.5143 Lieder, Op.5223 Lieder, Op.5343 Lieder, Op.5363 Lieder, Op.5433 Lieder, Op.5463 Lieder, Op.5513 Lieder, Op.5653 Lieder, Op.6033 Lieder, Op.6123 Zweistimmige Lieder, Op.3054 Duette, Op.1764 Duette, Op.4074 Gedichte, Op.3694 Lieder aus dem Englischen, Op.4334 Lieder für eine Bariton oder eine Bass-Stimme, Op.1094 Lieder für eine Baßstimme, Op.4854 Lieder für eine tiefe Stimme, Op.1534 Lieder zu englischen Gedichten von George Cooper, Op.4354 Lieder, Op.1244 Lieder, Op.1444 Lieder, Op.1494 Lieder, Op.1584 Lieder, Op.1644 Lieder, Op.1664 Lieder, Op.1954 Lieder, Op.1964 Lieder, Op.2204 Lieder, Op.2374 Lieder, Op.2514 Lieder, Op.2824 Lieder, Op.2964 Lieder, Op.3084 Lieder, Op.3654 Lieder, Op.3684 Lieder, Op.4004 Lieder, Op.4654 Lieder, Op.4784 Lieder, Op.478bis4 Lieder, Op.4814 Lieder, Op.5044 Lieder, Op.5414 Lieder, Op.5864 Lieder, Op.6154 Muntre Lieder, Op.3624 Vierstimmige Männergesänge, Op.32340 Mélodies Poésies françaises5 Gesänge, Op.1635 Gesänge, Op.2355 Lieder for Mezzo or Alto, Op.2115 Lieder im Volkston, Op.3255 Lieder, Op.1385 Lieder, Op.1605 Lieder, Op.2255 Lieder, Op.2345 Lieder, Op.2565 Lieder, Op.2745 Lieder, Op.3715 Lieder, Op.3725 Lieder, Op.6075 Lieder, Op.925 Lieder, Op.935 Lieder, Op.945 Schweizerlieder, Op.805 Vierstimmige Männergesänge, Op.5336 Amusements sur des mélodies favorites, Op.846 Leichte Duette, Op.4446 Lieder für gemischten Chor, Op.4206 Lieder, Op.1196 Lieder, Op.1396 Lieder, Op.3416 Lieder, Op.3746 Lieder, Op.546 Lieder, Op.6056 Lieder, Op.666 Lieder, Op.676 Lieder, Op.716 Zweistimmige Lieder, Op.627 Lieder aus dem Buche der Liebe, Op.398 Kinderlieder, Op.5178 Kinderlieder, Op.520


Abt-AlbumAm Neckar am Rhein, Op.89Aschenbrödel, Op.545Aux jeunes Pianistes, Op.112


Bleib' bei mir, Op.72


Choruses, opus unknown


Das Märchen von den sieben Raben, Op.570Dem Vaterlande, Op.58 No.1Deutsche Volkslieder, Op.90Die Bonvivants, Op.20Die LindenwirtinDie Matrosen, Op.78Die Uebermüthigen, Op.22


Ein eidgenössisches SängerfestEr hat mich geküsst, Op.488


Fließet schnell Thränen meinFranz Abt-AlbumFrühlings-Wanderung, Op.208


Gewissheit, Op.387Good bye, Ye Flow'rets FairGruss an die Deutschen in AmerikaGut' Nacht!


He Giveth His Beloved SleepHome so blestHornist und Musketier, Op.86Hurrah Germania, Op.569


Jungfrau Rose und Die zwölf Apostel im Rathskeller zu Bremen, Op.598


Kathleen Aroon


Lebensfrühling, Op.88Leichte Männerchöre, Op.108Leichte Männerchöre, Op.275Les Progrès du jeune Pianiste, Op.63Liebeswonne, Op.190Lieder und Chöre, Op.186Lieder-Album, Op.386


Mein Testament, Op.314


Nun zieh' ich einsam meinen Weg, Op.620




Praktische Gesangschule, Op.474


Reisebekanntschaften, Op.525Rotkäppchen, Op.526Rübezahl, Op.600


Sängers Morgenfahrt, Op.147Savez-vous pas?Sneewittchen, Op.550


The Village Bell He HearsThe Wishing Stone


Vocal Quartets, Op.312


Wenn ich ein Vöglein wärWenn ich ein Vöglein wär, Op.377
Franz Wilhelm Abt (22 December 1819 – 31 March 1885) was a German composer and choral conductor. He composed roughly 3,000 individual works mostly in the area of vocal music. Several of his songs were at one time universally sung, and have obtained a more or less permanent place in the popular repertory. During his lifetime, Abt was a renowned choral conductor and he spent much of the last three decades of his life working as a guest conductor with choirs throughout Europe and in the United States.
Abt was born at Eilenburg in Prussian Saxony, and showed musical talent at an early age. His father was a clergyman and a talented pianist, and it is he who gave Franz his earliest instruction in music. Like his father, Abt was interested in both music and theology, and he followed both pursuits at the Thomasschule Leipzig and Leipzig University with the ultimate intention of becoming a member of the clergy. While in school, Abt became friends with Albert Lortzing, Felix Mendelssohn, and Robert Schumann.
Upon the death of his father in 1837, Abt abandoned his theological studies and decided to concentrate entirely on music. It is at this time that he began to compose and publish music, mostly works for the piano which were written for performance in Leipzig's salons. In 1841 Abt became kapellmeister at Bernburg, then moved to Zurich in the same year where he became an immensely popular and skilled choirmaster, often conducting his own compositions. While in Zurich he was appointed director of almost all of the city's numerous choral societies in succession, often winning prizes for them. In 1852 Abt returned to Germany to become musical director at the court theater in Braunschweig where he served until 1882.
Abt also remained active as a choral conductor during his time in Braunschweig. He was appointed director of the Hofkapelle in 1855, serving in that position for many years. He was also frequently invited to conduct choirs in many capital cities of Europe during the 1850s through the 1880s, having at this point developed an international reputation. He notably toured the U.S. in 1872 where he was received with overwhelming enthusiasm by music critics and the public alike. By 1882, his busy schedule wore him down to a state of ill health and he was forced to retire to Wiesbaden where he died in 1885. He is buried in the Sudfriedhof (South Cemetery) In Wiesbaden.
Abt's compositions comprise more than 600 opus numbers which make up over 3,000 individual items. He was primarily a composer of vocal music and was particularly prolific in writing music for male choirs which he thought was lacking in sufficient literature. Indeed, his greatest successes in Germany and Switzerland were obtained in part-songs for men's voices. Abt was also successful in writing choral music for mixed choruses both a cappella and with either piano or orchestral accompianement. He also wrote numerous popular vocal art songs for solo voice, part songs for multiple voices, and several songs for children.
Abt's compositional style betrays an easy fluency of invention, couched in pleasing popular forms, but without pretence to depth or individuality. Many of his songs, were at one time universally sung, and have obtained a more or less permanent place in the popular repertory. Due to their simple and melodic style some of Abt's songs, such as Wenn die Schwalben heimwärts ziehn and Die stille Wasserrose are easily mistaken for genuine folksong.
Abt's other compositions include three operas: Des Königs Scharfschütz, Die Hauptprobe, and Reisebekanntschaften. In the early part of his life Abt composed much for the piano, chiefly pieces of light salon character. These have never had the same popularity as his vocal works.