Thuille, Ludwig

BORN 30 Nov 1861, Bolzano, Trentino-Alto Adige - DIED 5 Feb 1907, München, Bayern
CAUSE OF DEATH heart failure
GRAVE LOCATION München, Bayern: Waldfriedhof (040-W-6)

Ludwig Thuille was the son of the owner of a book and music store. He lost his parents at an early age and he was raised by an uncle. From 1876 he lived with the family of his half sister in Innsbruck. There he was able to study composition with Joseph Pembaur with the help of Pauline Nagiller (1832-1881), the widow of the composer Matthaus Nagiller (1815-1874). From 1877 onwards he was a friend of Richard Strauss and part of their correspondence has survived.

In 1879 he went to Munich where he continued his studies with Rheinberger and Bärmann. In 1833 he became a music teacher himself and in 1888 he was appointed professor. In 1903 he succeeded Rheinberger as Professor of Composition. He had many students who became well known composers themselves. Before his new and influential theory on harmony could be published he died in 1907, aged only 45, of a sudden heart failure. His daughter Hedwig (1890-1964) later married his student Walter Courvoisier.

Related persons
• was teacher to Abendroth, Hermann
• was teacher to Courvoisier, Walter
• was pupil to Rheinberger, Josef Gabriel
• was a friend of Strauss, Richard


The grave of Ludwig Thuille and Walter Courvoisier at the Waldfriedhof in Munich.
Picture by Androom (23 Aug 2010)


Encyclopedie van de Muziek, Elsevier, Amsterdam, 1959
• Scheibmayr, Erich, Wer? Wann? Wo?, Persönlichkeiten in Münchner Friedhöfen, Verlag Erich Scheibmayr, München, 1989
Winkler Prins Encyclopedie (editie 1909), 1909
Ludwig Thuille – Wikipedia

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Published: 19 Dec 2010
Last update: 03 Mar 2022