|Max Otto Arnold Wagenknecht|
14 August 1857|
Woldisch Tychow, Pomerania, Free State of Prussia
|Died||7 May 1922(aged 64)|
Max Otto Arnold Wagenknecht (14 August 1857 – 7 May 1922) was a German composer of organ and piano music. He was born in Woldisch Tychow, Pomerania, Free State of Prussia and spent most of his life in the Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania region where he was music teacher at the Franzburg Teachers’ College and in his later life organist and composer in Anklam. He is most well known for Opus 5, “58 Vor- und Nachspiele”, completed in July 1889 in Franzburg. The work demonstrates a remarkable gift for melodic organ compositions bridging traditional church music and the late 19th century romantic music era.
Wagenknecht published an unknown number of musical works. The following have been preserved:
- Opus 1: Three Polkas for piano. This work was most likely composed while he was studying at the conservatory in Berlin
- Opus 2: "Rheinländer" for violin or flute to the accompaniment of the piano, published by J.P. Lindner Sohn in Stralsund
- Opus 3: Three songs with text by Schanz, Kletke and Reinick to the accompaniment of the piano, published by J.P. Lindner Sohn in Stralsund
- Opus 5: "58 Vor- und Nachspiele", 58 short pieces of organ music and a Fughette and Fuge, published by J.P. Lindner Sohn in Stralsund (first edition published in July 1889)
- Opus 10, 13 and 14: Songs to the accompaniment of the piano. It is unknown whether these works have been published since only the handwritten originals remain.
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