Reissiger, Carl Gottlieb
- John Rutter
- , revised by Manfred Fensterer
(b Belzig, Jan 31, 1798; d Dresden, Nov 7, 1859). German composer, conductor and teacher. He was the eldest son of Christian Gottlieb Reissiger, organist and choirmaster at Belzig, and had his first violin and piano lessons from his father. At the age of ten he was giving public piano recitals and accompanying community hymn-singing on the organ. From 1811 to 1818 he was a pupil at the Thomasschule in Leipzig, where he studied the piano and composition with Schicht, the musical director, as well as taking classes in the violin, viola and singing. He began studying theology at the University of Leipzig; in the same year Schicht advised him to abandon these studies in favour of a musical career, and two years later awarded him a bursary to further his musical studies elsewhere. In 1821 Reissiger left Leipzig for Vienna, where he took theory lessons from Salieri, and in ...