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.
- Making piano transcriptions of some of Bach's works (in association with Max Schneider).
- Assisting with the editing of the Händel-Gesellschaft.
- The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. London: Macmillan Publishers, 1980.
- gfhandel.org – editions
- Ernst Klee: Das Kulturlexikon zum Dritten Reich. Wer war was vor und nach 1945. S. Fischer, Frankfurt am Main 2007, S. 566.
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