Heinrich Albert

As a teacher, composer, guitarist and as a an editor of guitar music, Heinrich Albert had a large influence on the guitar music in the German-speaking world around 1900.
Life
Heinrich Albert was born 1870 in Würzburg and lived for a long period in Gauting, where he died in 1950. In the first half of last century his compositions could be found in concerto programs of all well-known guitarists. More than 200 concerts made him an important pioneer of the artistic guitar play. He left a capacious compilation of compositions and a schoolbook, which instructed generations of young guitar players. His fame faded under the influence of the Spanish approach to the guitar after 1920, which seems to have frustrated him.
Albert's 5-volume guitar method was unrivalled in German-speaking countries for several decades and have unjustly fallen into neglect, as several experts acknowledge their value to this day.

Further informations about Heinrich Albert are provided here:
Website of the guitarist Andreas Stevens
Wikipedia article about Heinrich Albert
Music
Heinrich Albert had a few positions as bugler and violinist before he moved to Munich after 1900 and later to Gauting. He began to establish himself as a full-time teacher of guitar and mandolin in Munich. Among his most prominent pupils were Luise Walker and the comedian Karl Valentin. In 1909, he was appointed "Kammervirtuose" [chamber virtuoso] by Marie of Bavaria. Around 1910, he founded a unique guitar quartet following the principles of the string quartet, using instruments in various sizes. Apart from his compositions and arrangements, Albert edited a number of guitar tutorials, notably the Moderner Lehrgang des künstlerischen Gitarrespiels (5 volumes, 1912).
Twice a year concertos took place, where he presented pieces to be published at Julius Heinrich Zimmermann's publishing house.
Heinrich Albert kept on performing until after 1943.
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