Manns, Sir August
- Keith Horner
(b Stolzenberg, March 12, 1825; d Norwood, London, March 1, 1907). German conductor. Born of poor but musically sympathetic parents, Manns acquired extensive youthful experience as a string and woodwind player. At the age of 20 he played in the Danzig regimental band and theatre orchestra; in 1848 he was a member of Gungl’s orchestra in Berlin, and appeared as solo violinist and subsequently conductor at Kroll’s Gardens. In 1851, during three years with the 33rd Prussian Regiment, he arranged the classical repertory for military band and conducted concerts ‘à la Strauss’ with the strings. These eight years in the Prussian army were followed by a brief appointment in London in May 1854 as assistant conductor at the Crystal Palace under Schallehn, who took unfair advantage of Manns’s junior position. Work in the provinces and a summer season conducting in Amsterdam led to his appointment, at the invitation of the secretary, George Grove, as conductor at the Crystal Palace on ...