THEODOR KIRCHNER (1823 - 1903)
The composer, conductor, pianist and organist Theodor Kirchner enjoyed considerable contemporary esteem, winning the respect of Schumann, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Grieg, Liszt and even Wagner. He wrote songs, chamber music and a considerable quantity of piano music, largely now forgotten. He was saved from final destitution, the result of his own improvidence, by the intervention of former pupils and friends.
Kirchner’s piano music includes many genre pieces, suggesting the influence of Schumann, whose tradition he continued.