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Today is the 218-th #birthday of the great #German #composer and #organist Eduard Grell (1800-1886). He is mostly remembered as a master composer of vocal music, in particular #churchmusic, and was noted outside #Germany. I reproduce an #obituary from..
.. 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘔𝘶𝘴𝘪𝘤𝘢𝘭 𝘛𝘪𝘮𝘦𝘴, Vol. 27, No. 523 (Sep. 1,1886), p. 541:»On the 10th ult. [i.e. the 10th day of the last month; this being published in September, this means August 10, and this is indeed when Grell died LG,I] there died at Steglitz, near Berlin, a musician..
.. who may be said to have only become generally appreciated and, indeed, famous, at least in his own country, after the number of his years had already exceeded by a long way the proverbial limit of threescore and ten. Little more than two years ago the name of August Eduard..
.. Grell was by no means one altogether well-known outside his immediate sphere of activity. It was then, however, that the excellent choir conducted by Professor Riedel, of Leipzig, known as the Riedelsche Gesangsverein, produced both at that classical town of music and also..
.. at Dresden a Mass by Grell, written in sixteen parts, which at once directed the attention of German connoisseurs towards its composer, and ere long caused him to be justly looked upon as one of the most important writers of church-music in modern days. August Eduard Grell..
.. was born at Berlin on November 6, 1800. His earlier musical studies he passed under that strict disciplinarian Zelter, and at the age of sixteen was able to undertake the important duties of Organist at St. Nicholas' Church in Berlin. He subsequently became director of the..
.. Sing-Akademie, which post he held for over twenty years, with the highest credit to himself and lasting benefit to others, after which period he retired, upon a well-earned pension, from that Society. In 1858 Greil was nominated a professor of composition at the Berlin..
.. Royal Academy, in which capacity he has trained many excellent pupils. He has written numerous vocal compositions---choruses, songs, and duets, both sacred and secular. The most important of his works, however, and that upon which his fame will ultimately rest in the future,..
.. is the above-mentioned Polyphonous Mass, written in severe 𝘢 𝘤𝘢𝘱𝘦𝘭𝘭𝘢 style, yet full of vigour and sublime grandeur, presenting to the listener an abundance of most intricate contrapunctual devices, yet the composer's soul floating above it all with an easy control..
.., and infusing into it at the same time a surprising amount of warmth and imaginativeness; a work, in fact, of genius of a high order.«

Remark. The "Polyphonous Mass" mentioned above is the '16stimmige Messe, a cappella, 1861' which, strangely, seems to not be available on YT.
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