(b Berlin, 1873; d Leipzig, 1950). Ger. organist, conductor, and teacher. Had Eng. mother. Toured Ger. giving org. recitals 1894–7, winning high reputation. Org., Wesel Cath. 1897–1902, Thomaskirche, Leipzig (Bach's post) from 1902 and cond. of Leipzig Bach Soc. Prof. of org., Leipzig Cons., from 1907. Cantor of Thomasschule from 1918. Cond. several Bach Fests. 1904–23 and 1925 Handel Fest. which led to formation of Handel Soc. Friend of Reger and champion of his mus., as of that of other 20th-cent. composers, incl. Vaughan Williams and Holst. Ed. choral works of Bach and Handel, and organ works by Bach and Liszt.
From The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Music in Oxford Reference.