Born: December 22, 1819, Eilenburg, Germany.
Died: March 31, 1885, Wiesbaden, Germany.
Buried: Südfriedhof, Wiesbaden, Germany.
Abt attended the Thomasschule and the University of Leipzig. He conducted in Zurich, Switzerland, and in Brunswick.
In 1872, he traveled to America for a successful performing tour.
He wrote over 3,000 works during his life.