Oswald Lorenz

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Oswald Lorenz (born September 30, 1806 in Johanngeorgenstadt , † April 22, 1889 in Winterthur ) was a German music writer and composer .


He was the son of the schoolmaster Christian Gottlob Lorenz and came from the Saxon Erzgebirge. As a music teacher and writer, he became a friend of Robert Schumann , whose music magazine he published from July 1 to December 31, 1844. He wrote numerous articles for the Neue Zeitschrift für Musik, which has been published since 1834 . In this magazine he published under the pseudonym "Hans Grobgedakt" in 1843 his review of Ten Adagio in freer style for the organ - Op. 11 of the organist at the Frauenkirche in Dresden Christian Gottlob Höpner . At the end of 1844 Lorenz moved to Winterthur, where he worked as a singing teacher and organist from 1845 to 1872.

Schumann dedicated the composition Frauenliebe und -leben to Oswald Lorenz - probably also in reference to the fact that Oswald remained unmarried all his life. He died in Switzerland.

In 1838 Lorenz set Mignon's song to music . In 1849 he published the school hymn book for the city schools of Winterthur .

Individual evidence

  1. Neue Zeitschrift für Musik , No. 25/1843; March 27, 1843, p. 100 f.