Herzogenberg, Heinrich von

BORN 10 Jun 1843, Graz, Steiermark: Prokopigasse 2 - DIED 9 Oct 1900, Wiesbaden, Hessen: Gustav-Freytag-Strasse 1
BIRTH NAME Picot de Peccaduc, Heinrich
GRAVE LOCATION Wiesbaden, Hessen: Nordfriedhof, Platter Strasse (A 29, Nordwestecke)

Heinrich von Herzogenberg descended from an aristocratic family from France. He studied law, philosophy and science in Vienna. He switched to music and he studied with Felix Otto Dessoff. Initially he was attracted to Wagner's music, but after he studied Bach he became a follower of Brahms. In 1868 he married Brahm's former pupil Elisabeth von Stockhausen.

He lived with Elisabeth in Graz until they moved to Leipzig in 1872. There he founded the local Bach Verein together with Philipp Spitta. In Leipzig he was a tutor of Ethel Smyth. In 1885 he obtained the position of Professor of Composition in Berlin. In 1892 Elisabeth died in Sanremo. During the last years of his life he was bound to a wheelchair. He died unexpectedly in Wiesbaden where he was buried.

• Wife: Stockhausen, Elisabeth von (1868-1892, Dresden)

26/11/1868Another unlucky love for Johannes Brahms. Het had already missed out twice and this time the talented Elisabeth von Stockhausen was his object of desire. He gave her piano lessons but soon he was unable to continue this because of his emotions. But Elisabeth married the composer Heinrich von Herzogenberg on 26 Nov 1868 in Dresden. She and Brahms were friends until her death in 1892 and Brahms would carry a small photograph of her until his own death. [Brahms, Johannes][Stockhausen, Elisabeth von]


The grave of Heinrich von Herzogenberg at the Nordfriedhof, Wiesbaden.
Picture by Androom (01 May 2013)


Time Table of History, Xphias, 1992
Winkler Prins Encyclopedie (editie 1909), 1909
Heinrich von Herzogenberg – Wikipedia
Heinrich von Herzogenberg - Wikipedia

Hess, Heinrich Maria von

Published: 11 Nov 2015
Last update: 28 Mar 2022