Heinrich von Herzogenberg

January 7, 2008

Heinrich von Herzogenberg was a pianist and composer, born in Graz, Styria, Austria on June 10th 1843, died in Wiesbaden, Germany on 9th October 1900. He was a pupil of Dessoff at the Vienna Conservatory 1862-64. Herzogenberg lived at Graz until 1872, then removed to Leipzig, Germany, and with P. Spitta, F. von Holstein, and A. Volkland founded the Bach-Verein in 1874; in 1875 he succeeded Volkland as its director. In 1885 he was appointed professor of composition at the Berlin “Hochschule fur Musik,” as successor to F. Kiel; from which position he retired in 1892, and was succeeded by M. Bruch. He was president of the “Meisterschule” for composition., and a member of the Akademie. His works included: Oratorio Die Geburt Christi; symphonic poem, “Odysseus“; two symphonies (C-minus and B-flat); “Deutsches Liederspiel” for soli, choir, and pianoforte four hands; “Der Stern des Liedes,” for choir and orchestra; “Die Weihe der Nacht,” for alto solo, choir, and orchestra; 96th Psalm, opus 34; 116th Psalm, for double choir and orchestra; 94th Psalm, opus 60, for soli, choir, and orchestra; “Nannas Klage,” opus 59; a cantata, Columbus; two pianoforte-trios and two string-trios, opus 27; three string-quartets; a quintet for wind-instruments; pianoforte-works for two and four hands; Variations for two pianofortes on a theme from Brahms; three songs, two duets, one part-song. His wife, Elizabeth, neé von Stockhausen, was a talented pianist, born 1848, died at San Remo, January 7th 1892.

Leopold von Meyer

December 12, 2007

Leopold von Meyer, (sometimes called “de Meyer”), was born in Baden, near Vienna, Austria on December 20th 1816 and died in Dresden, Germany on March 6th 1883. A piano-virtuoso of great technical ability, Meyer was a pupil of Czerny and Fischhof. After his debut in 1835 he spent most of his life on extended pianistic tours throughout Europe and America (1845-47), sojourning 1867-68 in Vienna. He abjured classical music in favor of his own shallow compositions, chiefly light salon-pieces and dances, which he played, however, in peculiarly effective style, somewhat marred by his extravagant contortions. His valse, “Souvenir de Vienne,” is opus 180 in “The Biography of Leopold de Meyer” (London, 1845).