BORN 8 Feb 1810, Düsseldorf - DIED 7 May 1836, Aachen|
GRAVE LOCATION Düsseldorf: Nordfriedhof, Danziger Strasse (Feld 75, Grab 40892-3)
Norbert Burgmüller was born into a family of musicians in Düsseldorf
in 1810. He was a pupil of the composer and violinist Louis
Spohr in Kassel, where he worked as a piano teacher, pianist
and composer. He was to marry an opera singer of the Court Theatre,
Sophia Roland (1804-1830). But Sophia broke the engagement in
1830 in Paris and died soon afterwards in Aachen. Allegedly
this resulted in an epileptic attack and he certainly started
drinking excessively. He returned to Düsseldorf and lived with
his mother until his death.|
In 1833 he travelled to London to work as a choir repetitor, but this turned into a failure and he returned seriously ill. Back in Düsseldorf he was supported by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, who lived there at the time. A second engagement, with the governess Josephine Collin, failed as well. After Mendelssohn left Düsseldorf in 1835 he found himself artistically isolated. Now he befriended the poet Christian Dietrich Grabbe (1801-1836), who drank as much as he did himself. He wanted to leave for Paris, but before he could do so he drowned when - invited by a friend - he took a bath in Aachen that was meant to be healing.
was a friend of Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Felix
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