Hiller, Ferdinand

PIANIST, COMPOSER, CONDUCTOR (GERMANY)
BORN 24 Oct 1811, Frankfurt am Main - DIED 12 May 1885, Köln
GRAVE LOCATION Köln: Friedhof Melaten (HWG)

Ferdinand Hiller's first teacher Aloys Schmitt recognised his talent and send him to Hummel in Weimar. There he studied composition and met Goethe. Hummel educated him as a pianist. In 1827 he travelled to Vienna where he performed and met Ludwig van Beethoven. From 1829 to 1836 he lived in Paris but after his fathe died he returned to Frankfurt am Main.

In 1839 his opera "La Romilda" was staged in Milan and he started writing his oratory "Die Zerstörung Jerusalems". He staged it at the Gewandhaus in Leipzig where he also visited Mendelssohn and conducted a series of concerts.

After travelling to Italy he worked in Dresden, where he worked with Richard Wagner to prepare the staging of "Tannhauser" in that city. In later years he joined the anti Wagner camp. After an engagement in Düsseldorf he went to Cologne, where he stayed from 1850 until his death and became the director of the conservatory.

Related persons
• met Beethoven, Ludwig van
• was pupil to Hummel, Johann Nepomuk
• cooperated with Wagner, Richard

Sources
Wikipedia (German)

Images

The grave of Ferdinand von Hiller at the Melaten Friedhof, Cologne.
Picture by Androom (16 Jun 2012)

 


Hinz, Werner

Published: 11 May 2013
Last update: 11 May 2013