Arthur Piechler (* March 31, 1896 Magdeburg; † March 10, 1974 Landau/Isar)
At the age of seven Piechler came to Landau an der Isar. He briefly attended the nearby Gymnasium in Metten, moved to Bamberg, then took his Abitur in Straubing in 1915.
In 1919 he began his music studies at the Akademie der Tonkunst in Munich, studying organ and composition, with his cousin, Heinrich Kaspar Schmid (Landau/Isar), becoming his composition teacher. As an organ virtuoso, Arthur Piechler undertook concert tours throughout almost all of Europe in the following years. In 1925 Heinrich Kaspar Schmid, who in the meantime had become director of the Augsburg Conservatory, brought the highly talented composer to Augsburg as a teacher. Piechler shaped Augsburg's musical life for 30 years, also as director of the Oratorio Society and from 1945 to 1955 as director of the Conservatory.
In 1961, however, he returned to his hometown of Landau, where he spent his retirement. There a new fruitful creative period began and some of his most famous works were written. Here is a page that gives an overview of his complete organ works:
The organ that Piechler had at his disposal in Landau a.d.Isar is in the city parish church of St. Maria. I am currently working as a church musician on the successor instrument, which still contains old pipe material from the Steinmeyer organ of that time.
This month marks the 125th anniversary of Arthur Piechler's birth. So I don't want to miss the opportunity to present the following musical greeting in his honor:
Orgelmusik in fünf Sätzen, op.39:
He composed this music in 1940, when he was church musician at St. Ulrich and Afra in Augsburg. There he had a romantic organ by Koulen (from 1903) at his disposal. With the sample set Annaberg-Buchholz I tried to get close to the "Koulen-Organsound"