He became Kapellmeister with Bernburg in 1841 then with Zurich the same year. He became musical director with the théàtre of Brunswick of 1852 with 1882. He withdrew himself with Wiesbaden and died there in 1885.
He composed more than 500 works during his life, his songs being very popular of which most famous When the Swallows Homeward Fly .
- Information on Franz Abt in the Morris Foundation
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