Max Meyer-Olbersleben

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Max Meyer-Olbersleben

Memorial stone at the Olbersleben cemetery in Bauhaus style

Max Meyer-Olbersleben (* 5 April 1850 in Olbersleben; † 31 December 1927 in Würzburg) was a German composer and pianist.


Meyer-Olbersleben studied with Carl Müllerhartung and Franz Liszt at the Weimar Orchestra School and with Josef Gabriel Rheinberger, Franz Wüllner and Peter Cornelius at the Royal Bavarian Music School.

After graduating, he became a lecturer in piano and theory in Weimar. Later he was professor of counterpoint and composition at the Bavarian State Conservatory of Music in Würzburg, of which he was director from 1907 to 1920. Among his students were Adolf Sandberger, Heinrich Steinbeck, Bernard Homola, Ludwig Müller (“Waldmüller”), and Marc Roland. In addition, from 1879 he conducted the Würzburger Liedertafel, which had been formed in 1842 from several predecessor organizations[1] Würzburger Liedertafel. Since 1898 he was a member of the board of the Deutscher Sängerbund. In 1914 he received the title Hofrat. He was court bandmaster to the bishop of Würzburg.

Meyer-Olbersleben became known primarily as a composer of songs and choral works, but some of his chamber music works are still performed today.

His children are Max, Hildegard, Vera (singer and music teacher) and Ernst Meyerolbersleben (composer).


  • Gothen-Treue for male choir and orchestra op. 45 (Text: Felix Dahn)

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Individual references

  1. Sybille Grübel: Zeittafel zur Geschichte der Stadt von 1814-2006. In: Ulrich Wagner (ed.): Geschichte der Stadt Würzburg. 4 volumes, Volumes I-III/2, Theiss, Stuttgart 2001-2007; III/1-2: From the transition to Bavaria to the 21st century. Vol. 2, 2007, ISBN 978-3-8062-1478-9, pp. 1225-1247; here: S. 1228.