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Franz von Holstein (born February 16, 1826 in Braunschweig , † May 22, 1878 in Leipzig ) was a German composer .
He was the son of the colonel Werner von Holstein (1784-1857).
Holstein joined the cadet corps graduating on October 6, 1845 as a second lieutenant in the infantry regiment and partecipated to the 1848/49 campaign against Denmark. As a first lieutenant from 18 March 1850 he was the adjutant of the 2nd Landwehr Battalion, until he finally took his leave on March 11, 1853.
Already during his officer training he composed the opera Two Nights in Venice as well as songs and ballads. In 1853 he moved to Leipzig, where he studied counterpoint with Moritz Hauptmann and had piano lessons with Ignaz Moscheles. After stays in Rome, Berlin and Paris, he took over the management of the Bach Society in Leipzig and was a founding member of the Bach Association. In addition to three operas he wrote two overtures, a cantata, chamber music works and piano pieces and had an excellent reputation as a song composer.
Holstein was buried in the New Johannisfriedhof (now Lapidarium Alter Johannisfriedhof ) in Leipzig. In Leipzig, his wife Hedwig, daughter of the city council Rudolf Julius Salomon, put on the so-called Holstein-Stift, a foundation to support unaided music students.
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