About Ludwig Milde

“He was born in Prague in 1849, studied the bassoon at the Prague Music Academy with the then-celebrated teacher, Gross. He completed his bassoon studies in 1867 and then from 1868-1870 he studied composition and harmony with Prof. Skukersky. Between 1870-1872, Milde played principal bassoon in the Linz opera house. He then served in a number of symphony and opera orchestras throughout Bohemia and Austria, after which he returned to Prague. He became bassoon professor at the Prague Music Academy where he taught from 1886-1894. He then resigned from the Academy but remained active as a soloist and as a private teacher. He wrote several study works, of which his “Orchesterstudien für Fagott” and “Akkordzerlegung für Fagott” became famous throughout the Continent and are still much in use. They were only fully acknowledged for their educational value after the war, in 1945. Milde died in Germany in 1913.”
[Source: Gerald Corey & Will Jansen, “Ludwig Milde—about the Bassoon, a Genius,” in To the World’s Bassoonists, vol. 4 no. 3]


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