Heinrich Porges (1837 - 1900)

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Birthplace: Hlavní město Praha, Česká republika
Death: Died in München, Bayern, Deutschland
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About Heinrich Porges

Music director. He studied philosophy, then moved to music. He was taught by Celestin Müller (piano), Rummel (harmony) and Zwonar (counterpoint). In 1863, he moved to Leipzig where he became a co-writer of "Neue Zeitschrift für Musik" (New Musical Review) and where Brendel introduced him to Wagner's circle of friends. In 1871, he worked at " Süddeuschen Presse " in Munich, and was also for a short period of time, a music teacher at the Royal School of Music . He became the Director of Royal Music and a fervent supporter of Wagner. In 1886 he created "The Porges Choir" which he used to make an intense propaganda for Berlioz, Liszt, Kornelius and Anton Bruckner, but he also directed Bach and Palestrina's works as well.

Porges was a devoted disciple of Richard Wagner and worked indefatigably to bring him recognition and defend Wagner's principles. He took a very active part in the preparation of the Bayreuth's festival.

In addition to articles for musical newspapers, he wrote: "über die Aufführung der 9. Symphony to unter R. Wagner" in 1872 and the Scene Rehearsals for the festival of 1876. A study of Porges on " Tristan and Isolde " was published in 1906 by H. von Wolzogen. Porges was also a Lieder composer. Recollections and letters were published by R. Balka in its book "Kranz" (1903).

His daughter Elsa Porges is the author of "Königskinder" with music by Humperdinck. Elsa's daughter, the violin player Eva Bernstein, married a son of Gerhard Hauptmann.

Sources : The Universal Jewish Encyclopaedia (NY), Jüdisches Lexicon, Larousse du XX ème Siècle (France)

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Heinrich Porges's Timeline

1837
November 25, 1837
Hlavní město Praha, Česká republika
1866
October 28, 1866
Age 28
Wien, Österreich
1868
November 26, 1868
Age 31
1900
November 17, 1900
Age 62
München, Bayern, Deutschland
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