Chrysander, (Karl Franz) Friedrich
- Anthony Hicks
(b Lübtheen, Mecklenburg, July 8, 1826; d Bergedorf, nr Hamburg, Sept 3, 1901). German music scholar. The son of a miller, he started work as a private tutor in and around Rostock, later teaching at schools in Doberan and Schwerin. An intense interest in music led him to compose an opera, but he soon decided to concentrate on criticism and scholarly studies. His first publications were reviews and articles in local journals. In 1853 he published essays on folksong and oratorio, on the strength of which he was awarded a doctorate by Rostock University on 19 April 1855. By then he was already deeply interested in the study of Handel and had begun collecting material for a biography of the composer, the first volume of which appeared in 1858. The second followed in 1860 and part of the third in 1867; the work was never finished.