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    (3 October 1828 – 23 February 1897) was a German composer.

    LIFE
    Bargiel was born in Berlin, and was the half brother of Clara Schumann. Bargiel’s father Adolph was a well-known piano and voice teacher while his mother Mariane had been unhappily married to Clara’s father, Friedrich Wieck. Clara was nine years older than Woldemar. Throughout their lives, they enjoyed a warm relationship. The initial opportunities which led to the success and recognition he enjoyed were due to Clara, who introduced him to both Robert Schumann and Felix Mendelssohn. Bargiel received his first lessons at home and later with the well-known Berlin teacher of music theory Siegfried Wilhelm Dehn. Upon the suggestion of Schumann and the recommendation of Mendelssohn, Bargiel at age 16 went to study at the famous Leipzig Conservatory with some of the leading men of music: Ignaz Moscheles (piano) and Niels Gade (composition), and also with Julius Rietz.

    After leaving Leipzig in 1850, he returned to Berlin where he tried to make ends meet by giving private lessons. Eventually, Clara and Robert were able to arrange for the publication of some of his early works, including his First Piano Trio.

    Subsequently, Bargiel held positions at the conservatories in Cologne and Rotterdam (where he met Hermine Tours, his future wife, sister of the composer Berthold Tours) before accepting a position at the prestigious Hochschule fur Musik in Berlin where he taught for the rest of his life. Among his many students were Paul Juon, Waldemar von Baußnern, Alexander Ilyinsky and Leopold Godowsky. Besides teaching and composing, Bargiel served with Brahms as co-editor of the complete editions of Schumann's and Chopin's works. While Bargiel did not write a lot of music, most of what he composed was well thought out and shows solid musical craftsmanship. His chamber music—he wrote four string quartets, a string octet and three piano trios—represents an important part of his output.

    SELECTED LIST OF COMPOSITIONS
    W/o Opus- String Quartet No.1 (1848)
    Op. 1 3 Character pieces for piano (composed 1848–1850)
    Op. 2 Character pieces for piano (composed 1850)
    Op. 3 Three nocturnes for piano
    Op. 4 Six bagatelles for piano
    Op. 6 Piano trio No. 1 in F major (composed 1851)
    Op. 7 Suite for piano, four hands
    Op. 8 Three character pieces for piano
    Op. 9 Three fantasy-pieces for piano
    Op. 10 Violin Sonata in F minor (composed 1854)
    Op. 13 Scherzo for piano
    Op.15 Fantasy Piece for Piano (1856)
    Op. 15a Octet for strings in C minor (I.Adagio - Allegro appassionato; II.Andante sostenuto - Allegro - Tempo 1 - Tempo 2; III. Allegro) (1849–50, published 1877)
    Op. 15b String Quartet No. 3 in A minor (by April 16, 1851)
    Op. 16 Overture to Prometheus (1852, revised 1854 and 1859)
    Op. 17 Suite for violin and piano (1858)
    Op. 18 Overture to a Tragedy (1856)
    Op. 19 Third Fantasy for solo piano
    Op. 20 Piano Trio No. 2 in E-flat (1857, published 1860)
    Op. 21 Suite for piano (I. Praludium; II. Zwiegesang; III. Sarabande; IV. Marsch - Trio; V. Scherzo; VI.Finale)
    Op. 22 Overture to Medea
    Op. 23 Sonata for piano in G, four hands
    Op. 25 Psalm 13 (for chorus and orchestra)
    Op. 26 Psalm 23 (published 1863)
    Op. 29 Gigue for piano four-hands
    Op. 30 Symphony in C major
    Op. 31 Suite in G minor for piano (I. Prelude; II. Elegy; III. Marcia fantastica; IV. Scherzo; V.Adagio; VI.Finale)
    Op. 32 Eight fantasy pieces for piano
    Op. 33 Psalm 96 for unaccompanied double chorus
    Op. 34 Sonata for piano in C (I. Allegro moderato, con passione; II. Andante, un poco con moto; III. Adagio maestoso - Allegro molto - Prestissimo)
    Op. 35 Three Spring Songs, for three-part women's chorus
    Op. 37 Piano Trio No. 3 in B-flat
    Op. 38 Adagio in G major for violin or cello and piano or orchestra
    Op. 39 Spring Songs (for three-part chorus with piano)
    Op. 41 Eight Piano Pieces
    Op. 43 Psalm 61 (for choir, baritone solo and orchestra. Published 1878)
    Op. 44 Impromptus, for piano
    Op. 45 Etude and Toccata for piano
    Op. 47 String Quartet No. 4 in D minor
    Op. 48 Intermezzo for orchestra (arrangement of the slow movement of the Op. 34 piano sonata) (also published as Op. 46)

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