Hecht, Eduard

1832-1887

Born at Durkheim in Haardt. An able pianist, composer of originality, and successful conductor and chorusmaster. He received his early training in Frankfort from his father, and later studied with Rosenhain, Hauff and Messer. He sang in public as a boy soprano. In 1854 he went to England and made Manchester his home, and was well known there as pianist, choral conductor and teacher. Was chorusmaster and subconductor of Halle's concerts, and conductor of other musical societies in England. In 1875 became professor in Owen's College and examiner for degrees of music at Cambridge. He published his first compositions in Paris in 1851. His best known works are a popular chorus, The Charge of the Light Brigade; Eric the Dane; a cantata; many piano pieces; a sonata for piano and clarinet; trios; marches for military band; a quintet for piano and wind-instruments; two overtures; songs; and part-songs. Hecht died in Manchester in 1887.