LEBERT, SIEGMUND (SIEGMUND LEVY):
Music-teacher and writer on music; born at Ludwigsburg, Württemberg, Dec. 12, 1822; died at Stuttgart Dec. 8, 1884. After completing his studies under Tomaschek, Weber, Tedesco, and Proksch, at Prague, he taught music at Munich. In conjunction with Faiszt, Brachmann, Laiblin, Stark, and Speidel, he founded (1856-57) the Stuttgart Conservatory. Lebert was highly esteemed as a music-teacher and published a large number of works on music, of which the following are the most important: "Grosse Klavierschule," published in cooperation with Stark (several editions; it has been translated into English, French, Italian, and Russian); an edition of Clementi's "Gradus ad Parnassum"; an edition of pianoforte classics (in collaboration with Faiszt, Ignaz Lachner, Liszt, and others).
The University of Tübingen conferred on Lebert the degree of doctor of philosophy, and the King of Württemberg bestowed on him the title of professor. His methods have gradually come to be regarded as somewhat laborious and pedantic. Nevertheless several able pianists were graduated from his school, among whom Anna Mehlig is one of the most distinguished.
- Riemann, Musik-Lexikon, s.v.;
- Baker, Biog. Dict. of Musicians, s.v.