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Wilhelm Rust (Composer, Thomaskantor)

Born: August 15, 1822 - Dessau, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany
Died: May 2, 1892 - Leipzig, Saxony, Germany

The German organist and scholar, Wilhelm Rust, belonged to a distinguished German musical family. He was nephew of the the famous muscu teacher, Wilhelm Karl Rust and grandson of Friedrich Wilhelm Rust. He himself was an advocate, and a fine amateur player on both violin and pianoforte, learned music from his uncle and F. Schneider.

After a few years' wandering Wilhelm Rust settled in Berlin, where he soon joined the Singakademie. He played at the Philharmonic Society of Berlin on December 5, 1849, and was soon much in request as a teacher. In January 1861 he became organist of St. Luke's Church, and twelve months afterwards director of Vierling's Bach Society, which he conducted till 1874, performing a large number of fine works by J.S. Bach and other great composers, many of them for the first time. The list of occasional concerts conducted by him is also very large. In 1870 he undertook the department of counterpoint and composition in the Stern Conservatorium at Berlin. In 1878 was appointed organist of the Thomaskirche in Leipzig, and in 1880 succeeded Ernst Friedrich Eduard Richter as Kantor of the Thomasshule. He was connected with the Leipzig Bach-Gesellschaft from 1850, and from 1858 was chief editor of the works of J.S. Bach. He edited 26 volumes of the Bach-Gesellschaft edition (1855-1881) (vols. v., vii., ix.-xxiii. and xxv).

Wilhelm Rust composed some songs and keyboard music. His original works have reached op. 33, of which gight are for the PF. and the rest for voices. A biography appeared in the Musikal. Woollenblatt for 1890.

Source: Grove’s Dictionary of Music and Musicians (1952 Edition, by Sir George Grove); Grove Concise Dictionary of Music (© 1994 by Oxford University Press)
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (September 2005, January 2006)

Thomaskantors: Thomanerchor Leipzig | Gewandhausorchester Leipzig | General Discussions: Part 1 | Part 2

Links to other Sites

Wilhelm Rust (1822-1892) (MDR) [German]
Wilhelm Rust (Wikipedia) [German]

Wilhelm Rust (muziekbus) [Dutch]
Rust, Wilhelm (Leipzig Lexikon) [German]



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