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One page fair copy manuscript of a lied in the Silesian language by the Silesian Aristocrat, Composer, Pedagogue and Director of the Royal Prussian Theatres in Berlin, Berlin April 25, 1890. (8.25” x 11”)

Count Bolko v. Hochberg (1843-1926) came from an important nobler Silesian family.  He was a youngest son of Count Bolko v. Hochberg X, three older brothers pre-deceased him without children, so he became XIV.  He studied in Berlin and Bonn and initially worked as a diplomat in St. Petersburg.  However, music was his calling and he went back to Silesia, where he studied with the German composer Jean Baptiste André. (1823-1882) whose composer Father was the custodian of Mozart’s manuscripts at one time and wrote the first thematic catalog of his works.  Upon his Father’s death in 1858, Hochberg inherited Schloss Rohnstock which he went to considerable expense to re-model. From 1872-1876 the Count resided in Dresden where he composed and also had a private string quartet, “The Gräflich Hochberg Quartet”.  The quartet consisted of several Joachim students and former members of his quartet, Robert Hausmann, Ernst Schiever, Hermann Franke and Leonhard Wolff.   Hochberg created the annual Silesian Music Festival 1876 in Görlitz which he ran until a year before his death in 1825.  The Count also found the festival useful to bring out his own music. In 1886, Kaiser Wilhelm I appointed Hochberg as Director of the Royal Theatres in Berlin which included both opera and legitimate stage. One of his earliest accomplishments was to standardize all stage terminology among the theatres.  A progressive when it came to music, the Count commissioned new works for the stages of Berlin.  As an example, Leoncavallo’s “I Medici” was given a German premiere at the Royal Opera with Kaiser Wilhelm II in attendance and the success of the work with the Kaiser scored a commission for his “Roland v. Berlin”.  In 1898 Hochberg hired Richard Strauss to lead the Royal Opera.  This was to become his downfall, as the Berlin high brow audiences did not appreciate his works.  That led to a scandal and Hochberg’s ouster from his position.  He repaired back to his castle in Silesia and composed and taught music as “The King’s Prussian Professor” a title he gained in 1913. 

As a composer, despite his outside work, he was surprisingly prolific.  Works that are known are; 3 Symphonies, 3 Operas, a Piano Concerto, 3 String Quartets, 2 Piano Trios, a Piano Quartet and Quintet, piano music, choral music, duets and a large amount of lieder.  Much of the lieder is unknown as it was scattered to the winds after his death. As a composer, he wrote in the best Romantic tradition.  His great grandson, the current Count commissioned a cd of his ancestor’s works.

Unusual and scarce!

HANS-HEINRICH COUNT BOLKO V. HOCHBERG
 

FINE CONDITION