Henneberg, Richard, German conductor and composer, father of (Carl) Albert (Theodor) Henneberg ; b. Berlin, Aug. 5, 1853; d. Malrnoo, Oct. 19, 1925. He studied piano with Liszt, then traveled as accompanist with various artists, including Wieniawski. He held posts as operatic coach at the Italian Opera in London, and at various theaters in Berlin and Stockholm. From 1885 to 1907 he conducted at the Stockholm Opera, and from 1914 to 1920 he was conductor of the Malmö Orch. Henneberg gave the first performance of Tannhäuser in Stockholm (1876) and the first complete production of the Ring of the Nibelung in Sweden (1907), and was an ardent propagandist of Wagner’s music. He wrote a comic opera, Drottningens Vallfart (Stockholm, 1882), incidental music to Ibsen’s Brand, various Shakespearean pieces, a ballet, Undine, and some choral works and songs.
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