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Friedrich Wilhelm Arnold (1810-1864)

Friedrich Wilhelm Arnold was a multi-faceted person. From 1828 to 1832, he studied theology and philosophy in southern Germany. After his studies he moved to the Rhineland (Cologne and Elberfeld) and in the course of his life was a musician, writer, theater critic, editor, composer, businessman, publisher and music researcher.
His primary focus was on music: he played several instruments, he composed and arranged. He set up a successful music retail business, established a music publishing house and made a name for himself as a collector and connoisseur of the German folk song.

He was acquainted with many of the composers and musicians of his day, including Robert and Clara Schumann, Franz Liszt and Johannes Brahms.

He was curious and outgoing and confident in his undertakings, living a very busy life pursuing his wide ranging musical interests.
At the age of 54, he died unexpectedly in the midst of finalizing his edition of the "Locheimer Liederbuch", a collection of 15th century songs.
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