Henri Herz

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Birthday
6, 1803
Birthplace
Austria
Death Date
Jan 5, 1888 (84)
Birth Sign
Capricorn
Birthday
6, 1803
Birthplace
Austria
Death Date
Jan 5, 1888 (84)

About

France-based musician who hid his Jewish heritage from the public for fear of anti-Semitism among the 19th-century French cultural elite.

Before Fame

He began studying at the Paris Conservatoire in 1816.

Trivia

He established the legendary concert hall Salle des Concerts Herz on the rue de la Victoire in 1838.

Family Life

He allegedly married famed French courtesan La Paiva whose real name was Pauline Thérèse Lachmann, although the record remained unclear as to whether the marriage actually occurred.

Associated With

He was a prolific composer and wrote eight piano concertos. He was, however, fiercely criticized by other musicians, including Robert Schumann, for his showy, shallow style.