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date: 19 February 2020

Mosewius, Johann Theodor locked

  • George Grove
  • , revised by Lothar Hoffmann-Erbrecht


( b Königsberg [now Kaliningrad], Sept 25, 1788; d Schaffhausen, Sept 15, 1858). German conductor . After studying law, he turned to music and became musical director of the Königsberg theatre (1814). In 1816 he moved to Breslau. Following the model of Zelter's Singakademie, Mosewius founded the Breslauer Singakademie in 1825, with 26 members, and six months later it gave a public performance of Handel's Samson. A year after Mendelssohn's performance of Bach's St Matthew Passion in Berlin in 1829, Mosewius conducted the work in Breslau. One of the earliest 19th-century champions of Bach, both as performer and as scholar, it was largely due to his efforts that Breslau was a centre for the performance of Bach's music in Germany until 1945. After founding the Singakademie he became successively teacher at the university (1827), head of the Akademisches Institut für Kirchenmusik (1831), director of music at the university (...

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