Schunke, Ludwig

BORN 21 Dec 1810, Kassel, Hessen - DIED 7 Dec 1834, Leipzig, Sachsen
CAUSE OF DEATH tuberculosis
GRAVE LOCATION Leipzig, Sachsen: Alter Johannisfriedhof

Ludwig schunke was the son of the horn player Johann Gottfried Schuncke (17770-1840). His father was his first teacher and when he was eleven years old he played Hummel's "Piano Concerto in A minor" under direction of Louis Spohr. A concert tour followed and his early compositions were praised by Carl Maria von Weber.

In 1827 he went to Paris were he studied harmony under Anton Reicha. Other teachers were Friedrich Kalkbrenner and Henri Herz. In Paris he made friends with Sigismond Thalberg and Hector Berlioz. He earned his living by demnstrating Duport pianos. After completing hus studies he returned to Germany. When he stayed in Stuttgart, where his father and his brother Ernest worked at the time, he met Chopin after hearing him perform his Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor.

He travelled to Vienna, Prague and Dresden to give performances before he settled in Leipzig in 1833. He lived in a boarding house next door to Robert Schumann and after they met they became close friends. They were both founders of the "Neue Zeitschrift für Musik". He was also a member of Schumann's Davidsbündler society. On 27 January 1834 he gave a solo performance at the Gewandhaus in Leipzig. Schuncke supported Schumann when the latter was so depressed that he attempted suicide. But he fell ill from tuberculosis himself soon afterwards. He was supported by Schumann and the pianist Henriette Voigt took him into her house to nurse him. He died on 7 December 1834, aged 23.

Related persons
• met Chopin, Frédéric
• was pupil to Kalkbrenner, Friedrich Wilhelm
• was pupil to Reicha, Anton
• was a friend of Schumann, Robert


The grave of Ludwig Schunke at the Alter Johannisfriedhof, Leipzig.
Picture by Androom (29 Aug 2013)


Ludwig Schuncke - Wikipedia

Schwab, Gustav

Published: 26 Apr 2020
Last update: 29 Mar 2022