Carl Christian Muller

April 28, 2008

Carl Christian Muller was born in Saxe-Meiningen, July 3rd 1831.¬† F. W. and Heinrich Pfeifer were his teachers for pianoforte and organ, Andreas Zollner for composition. Muller went to New York in 1854 where he was at first employed in a pianoforte factory, then was leader of the Barnum’s Museum orchestra. From 1879 onward he was professor of harmony at the New York College of Music. Muller translated Sechter’s “Grundsatze der musikalischen Composition” (as “Fundamental Harmony”; New York, 1871, and 9 subsequent editions). He also supplemented it with four sets of Tables, on primary instruction, modulation, chord-succession, and harmonization, (1882-93). His published works include: “Pleasant Recollections,” and “Golden Hours” for pianoforte; two organ-sonatas, opus 47, sonata for violin and pianoforte, and opus 61 string-quintet in A; a four part piece for male choruses; various songs; and for organ, “March of the Crusaders,” and “Resignation” as well as several further works.

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