Ludwig Bussler (26 November 1838 – January 18, 1900) was a German musical instructor, critic and conductor. He was born in Berlin. His father, Robert Bussler, was a painter, author and privy counsellor. He was a pupil of A.E. Grell, Siegfried Dehn (theory), and W.E. Wieprecht (instrumentation). He died in Berlin.
- He was for a time a musical director at Memel, East Prussia (now known as Klaipėda, part of Lithuania).
- 1865 - 1874: taught theory at the Ganz School of Music (later the Schwantzer Conservatory).
- 1874 - 1877: nominated professor at the Mohr Conservatory. In
- 1877-1879: resumed his post at the Schwantzer Conservatory.
- From 1879, he taught theory at the Stern Conservatory, receiving the title of royal professor in 1898.
- In 1883 he was appointed music critic of the Berlin National Zeitung. He also wrote for other Berlin journals.
- He was also a conductor at various Berlin theatres.
- Musikalische Elementarlehre. Berlin: 1867; 16th ed., 1926; Eng. trans., 1890;
- Praktische Harmonielehre in Aufgaben. Berlin: 1875; Eng. trans., 1896.
- Der Strenge Satz. Berlin: 1877;
- Harmonische Übungen am Klavier. Berlin: 1878; Eng. trans., 1890;
- Kontrapunkt und Fuge im freien Tonsatz. Berlin: 1878;
- Musikalische Formenlehre. Berlin: 1878; Eng. trans., 1883.;
- Praktische musikalische Kompositionslehre. 2 pts., Berlin: 1878-79);
- Elementarmelodik. Berlin: 1879.
- Geschichte der Musik. Berlin: 1882;
- Partiturstudium (Modulationslehre). Berlin: 1882.
- Lexikon der musikalischen Harmonien. Berlin: 1889.
- ^ a b c The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, 2nd edition, edited by Stanley Sadie. London: Macmillan, 2001, Volume Four, p.678.