Ferdinand Hiller

Ferdinand Hiller (* 24. October 1811 in Frankfurt/Main; † 12. May 1885 in Cologne) was a German composer, conductor and a music paedagogue.

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its first teacher was Aloys Schmitt, and as he ten years was old, sent him its wealthy father because of its compositions and his talent to Hummel after Weimar. There he dedicated himself to the composition; among its works the Entreactes ranks to Maria Stuart, by whom he made Goethe's acquaintance. Under Hummel Hiller made large progress as a pianist. Thus the 15-jährige Hiller and its teacher at the beginning of of 1827 went on a journey to Vienna, where they met the dying Ludwig van Beethoven.

To a short stay at home Hiller went 1829 to Paris, where he was until 1836 (and Beethovens 5. Piano concert for there premiere brought). The death of its father made his return to Frankfurt necessary for some time, but to 8. January 1839 it specified its opera La Romilda in Milan and began, its Oratorium the destruction Jerusalems to write, which is considered as one of its best works. Then it went to its friend Mendelssohn to Leipzig, where it 1843 to 1844 a set of garb house - concerts led and its Oratorium specified.

After a further journey to Italy, in order to study church music, Hiller led two further operas, the dream and Konradin, 1845 and/or. 1847 in Dresden up. As a conductor he came 1847 to Duesseldorf and 1850 to Cologne and led the Opéra Italy in Paris 1851 and 1852. In Cologne it became as directors/conductors of the Gürzenich orchestra and the conservatoire an authority. 1884 he withdrew himself and died in the following year.


  1. La Romilda (Gaetano Rossi), more op.ser. (uraufgeführt to 8. January 1839 in Milan)
  2. the dream of the Christian night (Carl Gollmick), 3 document (uraufgeführt to 9. April 1845 in Dresden)
  3. Konradin (Robert Reinick) (uraufgeführt to 13. October 1847 in Dresden)
  4. the lawyer (Roderich J. Benedix), amusing opera 2 document (uraufgeführt to 21. December 1854 in Cologne)
  5. the Katakomben (Hartmann), serious opera 3 document (uraufgeführt to 15. February 1862 in Wiesbaden)
  6. the deserter (Ernst Pasqué), serious opera 3 document (uraufgeführt to 17. February 1865 in Cologne)


  • from the clay/tone life of our time, 3 volumes, 1868 - 1871
  • artist lives, 1880
  • memory sheets, 1884



  • Russell Martin, Beethovens curl. A true history , Piper: 2000, ISBN 3-492-04276-7 (Ferdinand Hiller a curl Beethovens on its dead bed is to have cut off…)

Various publications to Ferdinand Hiller exist from Reinhold Sietz (in former times city archivist in Cologne).

See also: Would list German composers of classical music

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