Schulz-Beuthen, Heinrich, German composer; b. Beuthen, June 19, 1838; d. Dresden, March 12, 1915. He was destined for a career as a civil engineer, and while a student at the Univ. of Breslau, he learned to play the piano and attempted composition; produced a Singspiel, Fridolin (Breslau, 1862); then went to study at the Leipzig Cons. with Moscheles (piano) and Hauptmann (composition). In 1866 he went to Zürich, where he remained until 1880. He then lived in Dresden (1880–93) and Vienna (1893–95), finally settling in Dresden, where he became a prof. at the Cons. He was an ardent disciple of Liszt and Wagner; during his lifetime he was regarded as a significant composer.
5 operas, including Aschenbrödel (Zürich, 1879); 8 syms.: No. 1, Dem Andenken Haydns, No. 2, Frühlingsfeier, No. 3, Sinfonia maestosa, No. 4, Schön Elsbeth, No. 5, Reformationssymphonie (with Organ), No. 6, Konig Lear (with Men’s Chorus), No. 7 (expanded from a string quartet), and No. 8, Siegessymphonie; symphonic poems: Mittelalterliche Volksszene, Des Meeres und der Liebe Wellen, Beethoven- Hymnus, Ein Pharaonenbegräbnis, Wilhelm Teil, and Sturmesmythe; overtures; orch. suites; Symphonisches Konzert for Piano and Orch.; String Quintet; Wind Octet; String Trio; etc.; sacred choral music; piano pieces.
K. Mey, H. S.-B.(Leipzig, 1909); A. Zosel, H. S.-B.(Würzburg, 1931).
—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire