Max Seiffert

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Max Seiffert (9 February 1868 – 15 April 1948)[1] was a German musicologist and music arranger.[2]


Seiffert was born in Beeskow an der Spree, Germany; and died in Schleswig, Germany. He was first educated at the Joachimsthal Gymnasium at Berlin, and then at the University of Berlin where he received a Ph.D. in 1891 for the dissertaion J.P. Sweelinck und seine direkten deutschen Schüler.[2]


As well as producing modern editions of organ pieces by Bach and Buxtehude, Seiffert was responsible for the following:[2]

  • Making piano transcriptions of some of Bach's works (in association with Max Schneider).[3]
  • Assisting with the editing of the Händel-Gesellschaft.[4]

In 1938 he received the Goethe Medal for Art and Science.[5]


  1. ^ The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. London: Macmillan Publishers, 1980.
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  5. ^ Ernst Klee: Das Kulturlexikon zum Dritten Reich. Wer war was vor und nach 1945. S. Fischer, Frankfurt am Main 2007, S. 566.