Reissmann, August (Friedrich Wilhelm)
- Martin Elste
(b Frankenstein, Silesia, Nov 14, 1825; d Berlin, July 13, 1903). German writer on music and composer. In Breslau from 1843 he studied principally with Mosewius and E.L. Richter. In 1850 he settled in Weimar, and from 1863 to 1880 lived in Berlin, where he remained (apart from short stays in Wiesbaden and Leipzig) for the rest of his life, teaching at the Stern Conservatory from 1866 to 1874. As a conservatively biassed writer on music he was especially active between 1861 and 1893, but most of his work consists of superficial essays. In his books he showed a preference for musical analysis rather than research and the presentation of biographical facts, but the Musikalisches Conversations-Lexikon, which he edited after the death of its previous editor Hermann Mendel, is still useful as a wide-ranging reference book for 19th-century music. Though he never won a reputation as a composer, Reissmann wrote three operas: ...