Eduard Kremser

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Eduard Kremser


Eduard Kremser (19 April 1838, Vienna Austria – 27 November 1914, Vienna) was an Austria composer, choir director, conductor, and musicologist.

Kremser worked from 1869 to 1899 as choirmaster of the Vienna Male Choir, which later appointed him honorary choirmaster. The Dresden men's choral society also made him an honorary member.

He was the composer of two light operas and numerous songs and choruses (some with orchestral accompaniment), and several piano pieces. Kremser gained notice through his effective adaptation of six old Dutch folksongs, including Adriaen Valéry 's Old Dutch Thanksgiving. He also created several larger male choir works with orchestral accompaniment (Altes Weihnachtslied , Balkanbilder , Prinz Eugen , Das Leben ein Tanz), songs for mixed choir, operettas, songs and piano pieces.

The city of Vienna commissioned him to compile and publish an anthology on Viennese music in order to preserve this traditional cultural asset. Together with Ludwig Gruber, Kremser subsequently compiled a wealth of compositions from a wide variety of periods, including instrumental music as well as vocal music. He was perhaps best known as editor of this two-volume collection, Wiener Lieder und Tanze (1912/1913).

In addition, Kremser was socially and politically committed. He was vice-president and first honorary member of the Society of Authors, Composers and Music Publishers (AKM), from 1910 honorary member of the traditional Society of Friends of Music in Vienna, and was elected president of the newly founded Austrian Composers' association in 1913.

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