Hans Bronsart von Schellendorff

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The portrait of Bronsart von Schellendorf from a book of 1893.

Hans Bronsart von Schellendorf (11 February 1830 3 November 1913) was a classical musician and composer who studied under Franz Liszt.

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Biography

Hans Bronsart von Schellendorf (also called Hans von Bronsart) [1] was born into a Prussian military family, and educated at Berlin University. He studied piano with Adolph Jullack. He went to Weimar in 1853 where he met Franz Liszt and became familiar with all the musicians in Liszt's circle at the time, including Hector Berlioz and Johannes Brahms. It is a measure of his close relationship with Liszt that it was he who played the solo part in the first Weimar performance of Liszt's 2nd Piano Concerto, with the composer conducting. When the concerto was published, Liszt dedicated it to Bronsart. After having trained for several years with Liszt, he worked as a conductor in Leipzig and Berlin, and then took the post of general manager of the Royal Theatre in Hanover from 1867 to 1887. He held a similar post in Weimar from 1887 until his retirement in 1895.

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He met his second wife Ingeborg Bronsart von Schellendorf (née Ingeborg Lena Starck) (1840–1913), also a composer, in Weimar. They married in 1861.

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Compositions

Bronsart von Schellendorf's compositions include

His piano concerto was much favoured by Hans von Bülow, who rated the work as the "most significant one of the so-called Weimar school". It was recorded by Michael Ponti.

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Both Bronsart and his wife receive many mentions in Liszt's letters. Liszt clearly held their compositions in high regard. In a letter of 12 May 1879, to Walter Bache, he writes "On 5th June Bülow conducts the first concert there, at which Bronsart's beautiful and valuable Fruhlings-Fantasie, Bülow's music to Shakespeare's Julius Caesar , and my Faust Symphony will be performed."

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