Porges, Heinrich

COMPOSER, MUSICAL DIRECTOR (GERMANY)
BORN 25 Nov 1837, Praha - DIED 17 Nov 1900, München
GRAVE LOCATION München, Bayern: Ostfriedhof (left wall 94)

Heinrich Porges possibly was a bastard son of Franz Liszt. He studied philosophy before he turned to music. Among his teachers were Celestin Müller, Rummel and Zwonar. In 1863 he moved to Leipzig, where he worked for the "Neue Zeitschrift für Musik" and was introduced to friends of Richard Wagner by Brendel.

He moved to Munich, where he worked for the Süddeustche Presse before he became musical director. Like King Ludwig II he was an avid supporter of Richard Wagner and did everything he could to promote Wagner's work and to defend his principles.

In 1886 Porges founded the "The Porges Choir" with which he supported the works of Liszt, Berlioz, Bruckner and others. He married Wilhelmine Merores and their daughter Elsa Bernstein was an author of plays and fairytales. His sister Mathilde Porges married the neurologist Samuel Stern and was painted by Anton Romako. Porges died during a rehearsal of Liszt's "Christus".

Family
• Daughter: Bernstein, Elsa

Related persons
• supported Wagner, Richard

Sources
Winkler Prins Encyclopedie (editie 1909), 1909
• Scheibmayr, Erich, Wer? Wann? Wo?, Persönlichkeiten in Münchner Friedhöfen, Verlag Erich Scheibmayr, München, 1989

Images

The grave of Heinrich Porges at the Ostfriedhof, Munich.
Picture by Androom (19 Jan 2004)

 


Porten, Henny

Published: 13 Sep 2008
Last update: 13 Sep 2008