Music at the University of Leipzig
The University of Leipzig stands in a rich tradition of music history. Names like Werner Fabricius, the first 'Director musices Paulini' (1656-79), Johann Schelle (1679-1701), Johann Kuhnau (1701-22), Johann Adam Hiller (1778-85) and Max Reger (1907-8) are part of the centuries-old tradition of music at the Leipzig University. Among the alumni of the University of Leipzig are Georg Philipp Telemann, Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach, Robert Schumann and Richard Wagner. In 1836, Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University. The Leipzig premiere of Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy's oratorio 'St Paul' took place in the University Church of St Paul on 16 March 1837 under the direction of the composer.