Stiehl, Heinrich Franz Daniel



German organist, conductor and composer; born at Lübeck, where his father, Johann Dietrich Stiehl, was organist of St. James' Church. Heinrich studied first in his native place, then with Lobe at Weimar, and lastly at the Leipsic Conservatory under Moscheles, Gade and Hauptmann. From 1853 to 1866 he was organist of St. Peter's Church and conductor of the Singakademie at St. Petersburg; lived at Vienna for the next two years; spent the years 1872 and 1873 in London; from 1874 to 1877 was conductor of the Belfast Philharmonic, and the Cecilia Society which he organized there; and after teaching at Hastings, not far from London, he settled in Reval, Russia, in 1880, where until his death he was organist at the leading church, professor of music, and conductor of the Singakademie. He took care to present the best in music by means of this society. He also composed numerous works, including an overture triomphale, and The Vision, for orchestra; a string quartet; sonatas for violin and piano, cello and piano, and for piano alone; three trios, waltzes and other piano-pieces, nearly two hundred in all; besides songs, the operettas Der Schatzgraber, and Jery und Bately; the chorus, Elfenkonigin; and the pantomimic intermezzo, Schneewittchen.