Biedermann, Edward J(ulius)
- William Osborne
(b Milwaukee, WI, Nov 8, 1849; d Freeport, NY, Nov 26, 1933). American organist and composer. He was the son of August Julius Biedermann, who had emigrated from Saxony in 1848 and settled in Milwaukee as a piano teacher. Little is known of Edward’s career other than that he studied in Germany 1858–64 and then returned to become a church organist, first in Newburgh, New York, and then in New York City at Old Saint Mary’s and later at St Francis de Sales. Failing eyesight caused him to retire from active church work in 1918. For many years Biedermann worked as a prolific editor for the music publishing firm J. Fischer. He wrote four masses and other liturgical music, many songs and piano pieces, and also compiled collections of organ literature, anthologies of vocal duets (1914), and The Most Popular Sacred Songs (1913). Beaver College awarded him an honorary doctorate in ...