Selmar Bagge

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Selmar Bagge

Selmar Bagge (born June 30, 1823 in Coburg , † July 16, 1896 in Basel ) was a German music journalist and composer .


Bagge's father was the principal at the Coburg grammar school. After Selmar Bagge began his musical studies at an early age, he was a student of Dionys Weber at the Conservatory in Prague from 1837 and later with Simon Sechter in Vienna . From 1851 to 1855 he taught at the conservatory in Vienna, after which he worked as a music critic and journalist. From 1863 to 1865 he was the editor of the Allgemeine musical newspaper .

From 1868 he headed the General Music School in Basel (now Basel Music Academy ), from 1876 he also taught at the local university .


Bagge married the pianist Justine Wendelstadt (1825–1908), a daughter of the painter Carl Friedrich Wendelstadt, in Frankfurt am Main on August 10, 1854 .


He composed four symphonies , a piano concerto, two masses , chamber music and choral works, songs and piano pieces in the tradition of Beethoven and Schumann . His textbook of musical art became famous .


  • Thoughts and views on music and musical states in a series of collected essays , Vienna 1860 ( digital copy )
  • Textbook of Tonkunst or General Music Theory. For musicians, amateurs and art lovers , Leipzig: Breitkopf & Härtel 1873 ( digitized version )
  • About musical directions. A lecture given on the occasion of the festive inauguration of the new music school building in Basel, on November 5, 1873 , Basel 1873
  • Robert Schumann and his Faust scenes , 1879
  • The historical development of the sonata , Leipzig: Breitkopf & Härtel 1880


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