Henschel, (Sir) George

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Henschel, (Sir) George [ Isidor Georg Henschel] (b Breslau, 1850; d Aviemore, Scotland, 1934). Eng. baritone, pianist, conductor, and composer of Ger. birth (Brit. cit. 1890). Public début as pianist, Berlin 1862. Leipzig Cons. 1867–70; Berlin Royal Cons. 1870–4. Sang Hans Sachs in concert perf. of Die Meistersinger, Munich 1868. In 1875 sang in Bach's St Matthew Passion, cond. by Brahms, of whom he became close friend. London début 1877. First cond. Boston SO 1881–4. Prof. of singing, RCM 1886–8 and Inst. of Mus. Art, NY, 1905–8. Cond., London Symphony Concerts 1886–96. Cond. Scottish Orch. 1891–5. Acc. himself as singer. Continued to broadcast and record until past 70. Comp. 3 operas, str. qt., choral works, songs, etc. Knighted 1914.

Henschel, Sir George

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HENSCHEL, SIR GEORGE (Isidor Georg ; 1850–1934), conductor, singer, and teacher. He was born in Breslau and was active until shortly before his death as a conductor and singer. He was successively during his career a tenor, baritone, basso, and basso profundo. Henschel was the first conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra (1881–84), founded the London Symphony Concerts (1886–97), conducted the Scottish Symphony Orchestra (1893–95), and taught singing at the Royal College of Music and the Institute of Musical Art in New York. He composed an opera, a requiem mass, and songs, and wrote Personal Recollections of Johannes Brahms (1907) and the autobiography Musings and Memories of a Musician (1918). He converted to Christianity in his youth. He was knighted in 1914.

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