Friedrich Hegar

December 14, 2007

Friedrich Hegar was born in Basel, Switzerland on October 11th 1841, and died in Zürich on June 2nd 1927. He was a pupil (1857-60) of Hauptmann, Richter, Rietz, David, and Plaidy, at the Leipzig Conservatory. In 1860, Hegar was leader of the Bilse Orchestra in Warsaw, Poland; he lived a while in Paris and London, then in 1861 became music director in Gebweiler, Alsatia. In 1863 Hegar settled in Zurich, where he was active as conductor, and founded the Tonhalle-Orchester. In 1875 he founded a Conservatory (“Musikschule”) at Zurich; among its famous alumni were Frau Herzog-Welti, of the Berlin Court Opera, and Willy Rehberg. Hegar’s works include opus 1, three piano-forte pieces; opus 2, “Hymne an die Musik,” for chorus and orchestra; opus 3, violin concerto in D; opus 4, “Morgen in Walde,” for male chorus; opus 5, “Das Abendmahl,” for male chorus; opus 7, four songs; opus 8, three songs for male chorus; opus 9, “Die Beiden Sarge,” for male chorus; opus 10, three songs; opus 11, “In den Alpen,” for male chorus, opus 13, “Waldlied,” for male chorus; opus 14, Waltz for violin with piano-forte; opus 15, “Rudolf von Werdenberg,” for male chorus, opus 16, Manasse, dramatic poem for solist, choir and orchestra; opus 17, “Todtenvolk,” for male chorus; opus 20, “Hymne an den Gesang,” for male chorus; opus 22, “Weihedes Liedes,” for male choir; opus 24, “Die Trompete von Gravelotte,” for male choir; and many others.