Born: November 27, 1831 - Ballenstedt, Germany
Died: November 27, 1912 - Ballenstedt, Germany
The chorales are;
Freu dich sehr, o meine Seele 0:00
Alle Menschen müssen sterben 1:29
Den Herren will ich loben 4:20
The German composer and author of a Harmoniumschule, August Reinhard, got his early cultural influences at the court of the Duke of Anhalt-Bernburg at Schloss Ballenstedt. Court concerts and opera performances at the Schlosstheater as well as contacts with orchestra musicians affected his musical development. But he decided first to be a teacher.
In 1850 August Reinhard received an employment at the Institute of Professor Dr. Carl Brinckmeier in Ballenstedt. In 1854 he was appointed by the Prince of Wittgenstein as a private teacher for his son. Finally he returned in 1868 returned to Ballenstedt. In 1888 he had to give up the occupation of teacher for health reasons, and dedicated himself from now on to the music, especially the Harmonium. In 1901 he was appointed the professor h.c. He was also a music arranger.
On his study trips with the Prince von Wittgenstein, August Reinhard visited the Akustische Kabinett of Kaufmann & Sohn in Dresden. There he played for the first time on a Druckwind harmonium, of which he became an expert. He gave special attention to the technical training of the harmonium playing, which he regarded as substantially different from the piano or organ playing. In 1877 the Berlin publishing house Carl Simon published Reinhard's Harmoniumschule Op. 16, which sold over 40,000 copies up to Reinhar's death. Reinhard appeared publicly in harmonium concerts. With the decline of the interest in the harmonium during the 20th Century, August Reinhard was almost forgotten. More recently there is some interest in the work of Reinhard.
There is a list of his works here.