Victor von Herzfeld

Victor von Herzfeld (October 8, 1856 in Pozsony (Austria-Hungary) – February 19, 1919[1][2] in Budapest (Hungary)) was a Hungarian violinist and composer.[3][4] He studied at the University of Vienna in law and at the Music Academy of Vienna music where he won first prize for both composition and violin playing.[5] In 1884, he was awarded the Beethoven prize of the Society of the Friends of Music.[3] He studied in Berlin with Eduard Grell and in 1886 went to Budapest as Professor in the Music Academy. He was second violin in the original Budapest Quartet established by David Popper and Jenő Hubay. Ernő Dohnányi dedicated his Sonata in C♯ minor for violin and piano, Op. 21 (1912) to Von Herzfeld.[6] While serving as the music critic of the "Neue Pester Journal" he wrote a negative review of his friend and colleague Gustav Mahler's First Symphony.[7] He is the author of a 1915 article on Robert Volkmann.[8] He was buried at Kerepesi Cemetery in Budapest.

Victor von Herzfeld
Background information
Birth nameViktor Emmerich von Herzfeld
Born(1856-10-08)October 8, 1856
OriginPozsony, Austria-Hungary
DiedFebruary 19, 1919(1919-02-19) (aged 62)
Budapest, Hungary
Occupation(s)Violinist, Composer


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  3. Donald Mitchell (1980). Gustav Mahler. University of California Press. p. 149. ISBN 978-0-520-04141-7. Retrieved 3 May 2013.
  4. Eva Obermayer-Marnach (ed.), eds. (2003). "Herzfeld, Victor von" (PDF). Österreichisches biographisches Lexikon: 1815-1950 : Online-Edition. 2. Wien: Verl. der Österr. Akad. der Wiss. p. 298. ISBN 9783700132134.CS1 maint: uses editors parameter (link)
  5. Edmund Sebastian Joseph van der Straeten (1933). The History of the Violin: Its Ancestors and Collateral Instruments from Earliest Times to the Present Day. Cassell, Limited. p. 331. Retrieved 3 May 2013.
  6. Ilona Von Dohnanyi; James A. Grymes (12 July 2002). Ernst von Dohnányi: A Song of Life. Indiana University Press. p. 22. ISBN 978-0-253-10928-6. Retrieved 3 May 2013.
  7. Peter Franklin (24 April 1997). The Life of Mahler. Cambridge University Press. p. 75. ISBN 978-0-521-46761-2. Retrieved 3 May 2013.
  8. Von Herzfeld, V. (1915). "Robert Volkmann (1815–1883)" (PDF). The Musical Quarterly (3): 336–349. doi:10.1093/mq/I.3.336.

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