STEPHEN HELLER

My thanks to Jacques de Coo for the picture.

15th May 1813 --- 14th January 1888

Stephen Heller, celebrated Hungarian pianist and composer, born in Pest, 1813, died Paris, 1888. He was of a Jewish family, but was converted to Christianity as a youth. He studied piano with F. Brauer and showed such extraordinary ability that he was sent to Vienna to continue his studies, there he studied briefly with Czerny before he took lessons with Anton Halm.

In 1828 he began a tour through Austria and Germany. However the exertion of travel proved too much for him, in Augsburga he became ill and decided to remain there for a time, financial means were provided by patronage from members of the Fugger, a wealthy family who lived in Augsburga. In 1838 he went to Paris, where he became friendly with Berlioz, Chopin, and Liszt. Soon he became very successful as a pianist, some critics even judged him as superior to Chopin. In Paris, Heller began to compose piano pieces somewhat akin to Schumann's brilliant salon dances, studies, and character pieces that became exceedingly popular.

In 1849 he visited London, where his concerts charmed a large circle of music-lovers. A nervous ailment forced him to curtail his appearances, in 1862 he revisited England and played with Halle at the Crystal Palace. He then returned to Paris, where he remained for the rest of his life.

WORKS: Heller wrote a very large amount of piano music, including a quantity of studies that tended to eclipse his reputation in other genres of piano music. These latter included pieces of all kinds, variations, character pieces, operatic transcriptions and fantasies, a much smaller number of sonatas, with a larger number of dance movements and smaller forms, nocturnes, waltzes, caprices and scherzos. His career spans the period from Schumann to Massenet and Bizet, and his music suggests the paths to be taken by later Romantic composers such as Rachmaninov and Medtner. He wrote in all several hundred piano pieces, arranged in groups. Both entries from Baker's Dictionary of Music and Musicians by Nicolas Slonimski.

Supplied By David SM Knopf who has my grateful thanks.

Last Updated on 4th May 2002
By Steven

And now for the Music

I like to thank Tony Matthews for donating & sequencing the following piece, (TonyM@absolutesolutions.co.uk">email TONY, and let him know what you think.

(2523) "Melody No.1, Opus.46". Sequenced by Tony Matthews.

(2524) "Melody No.3, Opus.46". Sequenced by Tony Matthews.

(2525) "Melody No.5, Opus.46". Sequenced by Tony Matthews.

(2526) "Melody No.7, Opus.46". Sequenced by Tony Matthews.

(2527) "Melody No.11, Opus.46". Sequenced by Tony Matthews.

(2528) "Melody No.18, Opus.46". Sequenced by Tony Matthews.

(2529) "Melody No.20, Opus.46". Sequenced by Tony Matthews.

(2530) "Melody No.22, Opus.46". Sequenced by Tony Matthews.

(2200) "Melody No.12". Sequenced by Reginald Steven Ritchie.

(2199) "Melody No.11". Sequenced by Reginald Steven Ritchie.

(2198) "Melody No.10". Sequenced by Reginald Steven Ritchie.

(2160) "Melody No.9". Sequenced by Reginald Steven Ritchie.

(2159) "Melody No.8". Sequenced by Reginald Steven Ritchie.

(2090) "Melody No.7". Sequenced by Reginald Steven Ritchie.

(2093) "Melody No.6". Sequenced by Reginald Steven Ritchie.

(2081) "Melody No.5". Sequenced by Reginald Steven Ritchie.

(2080) "Melody No.4". Sequenced by Reginald Steven Ritchie.

(2079) "Melody No.3". Sequenced by Reginald Steven Ritchie.

(1998) "Melody No.2"Sequenced by Reginald Steven Ritchie.

(1997) "Melody No.1". Sequenced by Reginald Steven Ritchie.

(42) Tarantelle Op.85, No.2 (Info kindly supplied by Ed) Seq by Jerry A Enfield

(574) "Rondino In G Major". Sequenced by Reginald Steven Ritchie.

(576) "Cradle Song" Sequenced by Reginald Steven Ritchie.

(577) "Song without words". Sequenced by Reginald Steven Ritchie.

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