Sigfrid Karg-Elert Biography
A chorister at the Johanniskirche in Leipzig, Sigfrid Karg had his earlier musical education there, before training to become a teacher. His father's death in 1889 had brought financial difficulties, which led him, as an adolescent, to support himself as a freelance musician. In 1896 he entered Leipzig Conservatory. His earlier career suggested the possibility of earning a living as a solo pianist, but the encouragement of Grieg led him to further musical study and to composition. Rejecting the modernist musical tendencies that had interested him for a time, he wrote relatively little after the 1914-18 war.