Rheinberger, Josef Gabriel

BORN 17 Mar 1839, Vaduz, Liechtenstein - DIED 25 Nov 1901, München, Bayern
GRAVE LOCATION Vaduz: Friedhof, St. Florinsgasse

Josef Gabriel Rheinberger was an important representative of the new romantic school of Munich. His father was the treasurer of Laoys II of Liechtenstein. He studied in Munich and taught music theory from 1859 onwards. In 1867 he married the poetess and socialite Franziska von Hoffnaass. She was a former pupil, although she was ten years his senior.

In 1877 he was appointed court conductor in Munich. As a composer he was influenced by Mendelssohn and Schumann. He wrote several operas and among his pupils were Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari and Wilhelm Furtwängler.

He died in Munich in 1901 and was buried at the Alte Südfriedhof. Franziska had died before him in 1892. After their tomb was destroyed in the Second World War their coffins were moved to Vaduz in Liechtenstein in 1950.

• Wife: Hoffnaass, Franziska von

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The empty grave of Josef Gabriel Rheinberger and Franziska von Hoffnaass at the Alte Südfriedhof, München.
Picture by Androom (22 Aug 2008)


• Hufnagel, Max Joseph, Berühmte Tote im Südlichen Friedhof zu München, Zeke Verlag, Würzburg, 1983
Josef Rheinberger - Wikipedia

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Published: 27 Apr 2016
Last update: 15 Feb 2022