Lachner, Franz von

COMPOSER, MUSICAL DIRECTOR (GERMANY)
BORN 2 Apr 1803, Rain am Lech, Schwaben - DIED 22 Jan 1890, München, Bayern
REAL NAME Lachner, Franz Paul
GRAVE LOCATION München, Bayern: Alte Südfriedhof, Thalkirchnerstrasse 17 (10-6-55)

Franz Lachner was born into a musical family. His father Anton Lachner was an organist and he gave him his first musical education. His brothers Ignaz and Vinzenz became composers like himself.

He attended the gymnasium at Neuburg an der Donau and studied composition under Eisenhofer. After his father died in 1822 he went to Munich where he continued his studies and worked as a music teacher. In 1823 he became a church organist in Vienna and in that city he studied with Simon Sechter and Maximiliam Stadler. He befriended Schubert and was also in contact with Beethoven.

In 1828 he became first master of the choir at the Kärtnertortheater. From 1834 to 1836 he was master of the choir in Mannheim. In 1836 he returned to Munich where he was appointer conductor of the Court Opera. In 1852 he became general musical director in Munich. He was also active as a teacher and among his pupils were Joseph Rheinberger and Franz Wüllner. Allthough he rejected Richard Wagner's music he had performed his opera's succesfully, but he asked for retirement in 1868 after king Ludwig II asked Wagner to come to Munich.

His retirement was granted and he continued to work as a composer. He died in Munich in 1890.

Related persons
• discovered Bausewein, Kaspar
• knew Beethoven, Ludwig van
• was teacher to Diez-Hartmann, Sophie
• employed Hoffnaass, Franziska von
• was teacher to Humperdinck, Engelbert
• supported Kunz, Konrad Max
• was teacher to Rheinberger, Josef Gabriel
• was a friend of Schubert, Franz Peter
• was teacher to Vogl, Therese

Sources
https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franz_Lachner
• Hufnagel, Max Joseph, Berühmte Tote im Südlichen Friedhof zu München, Zeke Verlag, Würzburg, 1983
• Scheibmayr, Erich, Wer? Wann? Wo?, Persönlichkeiten in Münchner Friedhöfen, Verlag Erich Scheibmayr, München, 1989
Deutsche Biographie - Lachner, Franz

Images

The grave of Franz von Lachner at the Alte Südfriedhof, Munich.
Picture by Androom (04 Dec 2015)

 


Lachnit, Wilhelm

Published: 24 Jan 2016
Last update: 24 Jan 2016