Brendel, (Karl) Franz
- Thomas S. Grey
(b Stolberg, Harz, Nov 26, 1811; d Leipzig, Nov 25, 1868). German writer on music. The son of a mining engineer, he moved after several semesters at the universities of Leipzig and Berlin to the mining academy of Freiberg. Apart from some rudimentary early instruction at Freiberg from A.F. Anacker, Brendel had little formal musical training although he was for a time a piano pupil of Friedrich Wieck in Leipzig. At Leipzig he was introduced to the fundamentals of Hegel’s philosophical thought through C.H. Weisse, and further through H.G. Hotho and F.A. Gabler in Berlin. He completed his studies in Freiberg with the publication of a thesis (1840) in ‘medicinal philosophy’. After that, his interests in the history and aesthetics of music took the upper hand and between 1841 and 1844 he lectured in Freiberg and Dresden on the history of music. These lectures, along with the ...