Franz Wüllner

Franz Wüllner was born in Münster on 28 January 1832 and already toured with Beethoven’s late piano sonatas between 1850 and 1854. In 1854 he moved to Munich, where he worked as a piano teacher from 1856. After positions as municipal music director in Aachen and as director at the Lower Rhine Music Festival, he was appointed court conductor of the Royal Vocal Orchestra in Munich in 1864. Wüllner conducted the premieres of Wagner’s Rheingold and Walküre in Munich and was finally appointed 1st Court Kapellmeister in 1871. He worked in this position until 1877, when he took over the direction of the conservatoire in Dresden as well as the Court Kapellmeister’s office there. In 1884 he went to Cologne as municipal Kapellmeister and conductor of the Conservatory. He died in Braunfels on 7 September 1902.

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