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Gleissner, Franz

Vincent Duckles

in Oxford Music Online

Published in print January 2001 |
Published online January 2001 | e-ISBN: 9781561592630 | DOI:

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(b Neustadt, 1759; d Munich, Sept 18, 1818). German composer and lithographer. After early training in the seminary at Amberg, he moved to Munich, where he continued studies in music and philosophy and became a court musician. There he met Alois Senefelder, the inventor of lithography, initially when he was commissioned to compose some songs in connection with Senefelder's theatrical activities. In 1796 Gleissner was approached by Senefelder to make commercial use of his method of relief printing from stone for the publication of music. Gleissner was the first to see the possibilities of this and had his 12 neue Lieder produced by it the same year. This was the beginning of a partnership that lasted over 20 years. Between 1796 and 1798 Senefelder and Gleissner printed music from etched stones, but in 1798 or early in 1799 Senefelder developed a chemical method of printing from stone, for which he and Gleissner were granted a 15-year privilege on ...

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