Ritter, August Gottfried

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Ritter, August Gottfried Gender: M
born on 25 August 1811 at 05:00 (= 05:00 AM )
Place Erfurt, Germany, 50n58, 11e01
Timezone LMT m11e01 (is local mean time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_vircol.18.gif 01°01' s_mo.18.gif s_scocol.18.gif 07°32 Asc.s_leocol.18.gif 29°58'

August Gottfried Ritter (1875)


German romantic composer and organist, co-creator, together with Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, of the first example of Romantic Organ Sonata (the first one was composed in 1845). He moved in 1847 from being organist in Merseburg cathedral to become organist in Magdeburg cathedral. In his critical writings, Ritter condemned the Renaissance organ composers referred to as the "Colorists" for overindulging in ornamentation. He died on 26 August 1885 in Magdeburg, aged 74.

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Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes from Die Musikforschung (Bärenreiter-Verlag, 1960), p. 427: "Nach der kleinen Autobiographie und dem Taufregister der Augustiner-Gemeinde zu Erfurt wurde A.G.Ritter am 25. August 1811, morgens fünf Uhr, geboren5. Die Taufe wurde am 2. September in der Augustinerkirche vollzogen."

(According to the small autobiography and the baptismal register of the Augustinian community at Erfurt A.G. Ritter was born on 25 August 1811, at five o'clock in the morning).


  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Composer/ Arranger
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Instrumentalist (Organist)