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Henri Herz (Viennamarker, 6 January 1803 Parismarker, 5 January 1888) was a pianist and composer, Austrianmarker by birth, and Frenchmarker by domicile.


Herz was born Heinrich Herz in Vienna. He was Jewish by birth, although he asked the musical journalist Fétis not to mention this in the latter's musical encyclopaedia,.

As a child Herz studied with his father and in Coblenzmarker with the organist Daniel Hünten. In 1816 he entered the Paris Conservatoire, where he studied under Victor Dourlen and Anton Reicha. His brother Jacques Herz (1794-1880) was a fellow-pupil at the Conservatoire, and also became a noted pianist and teacher.

A celebrated pianist, Herz traveled worldwide, including tours in Europe, Russiamarker, South America, and in the United States of Americamarker, where he concertised all the way to San Franciscomarker, California, where his performances were compared to the more extravagant manner of Leopold de Meyer. He wrote a book about his experiences abroad, Mes voyages en Amérique (Paris: Achille Faure, 1866) and composed many pieces including eight piano concertos. Among his many musical works, he was involved with the composition of Hexaméron (the fourth variation on Bellini's theme is his). Many however found his piano style showy and shallow, and Robert Schumann was amongst those who criticized it.

Herz founded his own piano factory in Paris, built a concert hall there and taught at the Conservatoire (1842-74). Of his pupils, only Marie-Aimée Roger-Miclos (1860-1950) recorded, in the early 1900s, for Dischi Fonotipia.


  1. Fryklund, Daniel, Contributions à la connaissance de la correspondence de Fétis, Stockholm, 1930
  2. R. Allen Lott, From Paris to Peoria: How European Piano Virtuosos Brought Classical Music to the American Heartland
  3. It was translated by Henry Bertram Hill as My Travels in America (Madison: The State Historical Society of Wisconsin for the Department of History, University of Wisconsin, 1963).

External links


  • Grove Concise Dictionary of Music, 1994, Oxford University Press.

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