Henschel, Georg

1850

Well-known singer, teacher and composer. At the early age of five years, Henschel began his musical studies in Breslau, where he was born. The strong sense of rhythm, which is noted in his music, was perhaps largely due to his early training, when the eight children in the class performed at once upon eight pianos. As a boy soprano he appeared at the University Choral Society in 1860, and two years later as a pianist m Berlin. He was a pupil of Wandell Institute in Breslau. His instructors were Moscheles, piano; Reinecke and Richter, theory; Gotze, singing, and Papperitz, organ. After three years at Leipsic Conservatory he studied under Kiel and Adolph Schulze. Henschel appeared at a Festival concert m Cologne in 1874, at the First Popular concert in England in 1877, in 1878 at the Bach concert, in 1879 at the Philharmonic, where he sang with Lillian Bailey, who later became his wife. In 1881 he became leader of the Symphony Orchestra of Boston. After three years in America he returned to establish the London Symphony concerts. He brought out many of the newer compositions and revised forgotten works of excellence. From 1886 to 1888 he was a teacher of music in the Royal Academy; from 1893 to 1895 conducted the Scottish Orchestra in Glasgow and gave a command performance at Windsor Castle. His compositions include a suite in canon form for stringed orchestra; the 130th Psalm for chorus and orchestra; a serenade for orchestra, and several part-songs.