Doring, Carl Heinrich


A distinguished German composer of piano works, male choruses and a large number of studies who is at present a teacher in the Royal Conservatory of Music at Dresden. He has been active as a worker in the field of music for fifty years. Doring was born in Dresden and was a pupil at the Leipsic Conservatory from 1852 to 1855, studying under Hauptmann, Lobe, Plaidy and Richter, and also Moscheles. A gradually increasing lameness of his fingers, forced him to renounce the career of virtuoso, which he had planned for himself and he has devoted himself almost exclusively to the profession of teaching . Doring taught for a time at Leipsic, and in 1858 the board of directors of the Conservatory of Dresden appointed him an instructor in that institution. Through the founding of a seminary for musicteachers, the first one of its kind, Doring rendered a great service to the Dresden Music School, to its pupils and to the profession at large. He occupies a high place among Germany's musicians. His klavierstücken (piano pieces), have been introduced into all the prominent music schools of the world, because of the excellence of their technique, which is combined with melody and harmony. They include three hundred studies; sixty sonatines and a great number of technical pieces. He is also noted for his male choruses and ranks high among the composers of this kind of music.

Among his works for choir are A German Ode; Song of the German Marines; Prayer on the Waters; Evening Song; In May; King of the Forest; and others. Among his piano pieces the following may be mentioned: Rose Among Thorns; Glad Tidings; When Spring is Coming; May's Greeting; Forget-Me-Not; Gavotte; and his Pictures for the Piano. He has also composed some suites for string orchestra and several motets that have been highly praised.

Upon the occasion of Doring's fortieth jubilee as a teacher, he was made Hofrath (Court Councilor), and has received many honors from those in authority. In 1864 Pope Leo XIII. conferred upon him, in appreciation of a great mass he had written, the Cross of the Knight of the Golden Spurs. The Duke Ernst von SachsenCoburg sent him a medal for science and art and Duke Alfred presented him with a cross of merit. Doring, in his seventy-third year, is still an indefatigable and enthusiastic worker in his chosen field. For the last twenty years he has devoted a great deal of his time to his male chorus work, composing the music for the choirs under his direction and training the singers, and his efforts have met with much success in all parts of Germany and Austria.