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sub-conductor. But in addition to this he was conductor of the Manchester Liedertafel from 1859 to 1878; from 1860 conductor of the St. Cecilia Choral Society; and from 1879 conductor of the Stretford Choral Society. In 1875 he was appointed Lecturer on Harmony and Composition at Owens College; and was also Examiner in Music to the High Schools for Girls at Manchester and Leeds. In addition to these many and varied posts Mr. Hecht had a large private practice as teacher of the piano. These constant labours, however, did not exhaust his eager spirit, or deaden his power of original composition. Besides a Symphony played at Mr. Hallés Concerts; a chorus, 'The Charge of the Light Brigade,' well known to amateurs; 'Eric the Dane,' a cantata; another chorus with orchestra, 'O, may I join the choir invisible'—all great favourites with singing societies—Mr. Hecht's works extend through a long list of pianoforte pieces, songs, part-songs, trios, two string quartets, inarches for military band, etc., closing with op. 28.

Mr. Hecht died very suddenly at his home on March 7, 1887. He was beloved by all who knew him for his enthusiasm and energy, his pleasant disposition, and his sincere and single mind. To his musical duties he brought a quick artistic instinct, a scrupulous conscientiousness, and a pure unselfish love of his art; and it will be difficult to fill his place in the neighbourhood which he had for so long made his own.

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HEINEFETTER, Sabina, born at Mainz, Aug. 19, 1809 (Mendel gives her date as 1805, but the above is probably correct), in early life supported her younger sisters by singing and playing the harp. In 1825 she appeared as a public singer at Frankfort, and afterwards at Cassel, where Spohr interested himself in her artistic advancement. She subsequently studied under Tadolini in Paris, where she appeared at the Italiens with great success. From this time until her retirement from the stage in 1842, she appeared in all the most celebrated continental opera-houses. In 1853 she married M. Marquet of Marseilles, and died Nov. 18, 1872. Her sister,

Clara, born Feb. 17, 1816, was for several years engaged at Vienna, under the name of Madame Stöckl-Heinefetter. She made successful appearances in Germany, and died Feb. 24, 1857. She and her elder sister died insane. A third sister,

Kathinka, born 1820, appeared with great success in Paris and Brussels from 1840 onwards. She died Dec. 20, 1858. (Mendel and Riemann's Lexicons.)

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HEINZE, Gustav Adolph, born at Leipzig, Oct. 1, 1820, the son of a clarinettist in the Gewandhaus orchestra, into which he was himself admitted, in the same capacity, in his 16th year. In 1840 Mendelssohn gave him a year's leave of absence in order that he might perfect himself in the pianoforte and study composition. The tour which he took to Cassel, Hanover, Hamburg, etc., induced him to give up his earlier instrument altogether, and to devote himself to composition. In 1844 he was appointed second capellmeister at the theatre at Breslau, where in 1846 his opera 'Loreley' was produced with great success. This was followed by 'Die Ruine von Tharand' in 1848, which also obtained much success. The books of both were by his wife. In 1850 he received the appointment of conductor of the German opera in Amsterdam, and although that institution was not of long duration, he has since remained in that city. Many choral societies, some of a philanthropic nature, have been directed by him, and thus opportunities were given for the production of the two oratorios 'Die Auferstehung,' and 'Sancta Cecilia,' in 1863 and 1870 respectively. The list of his works includes, besides the above, three masses, cantatas, three concert overtures, and many choral compositions of shorter extent, as well as songs, etc. (Mendel's Lexicon.)

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HELLER, Stephen. Add that he came to England in February, 1850, and appeared at a concert at the Beethoven Rooms, on May 15 of that year. He stayed until August. Add also date of death, Jan, 14, 1888.

HELLMESBERGER, Joseph. The generally accepted date of birth, 1829, is possibly right. Add that Joseph Hellmesberger, junior, has recently brought out two operas in Vienna, 'Rikiki' and 'Die verwandelte Katze.'

HENSCHEL, Georg. Additions will be found under Symphony Orchestra, vol. iv. 43, and Boston Musical Societies, Appendix, vol. iv. p. 555. In the winter of 1885–6 Mr. Henschel started a series of sixteen concerts, called the London Symphony Concerts, at which he appeared as conductor for the first time in England. An interesting feature of the series was that each programme contained a composition by a living English composer, many of whom were introduced to the public for the first time in this way. From Easter 1886 to Easter 1888 he was Professor of Singing (vice Mme. Goldschmidt), at the Royal College of Music, London.

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HENSELT, Adolph. Last line of article, for in 1867 read in 1852 and 1867.

HER MAJESTY'S THEATRE. See King's Theatre.

HÉROLD. P. 732a, l. 5 from bottom, for the Maison des Ternes read a house in Les Ternes.

HERVÉ, whose real name is Florimond Ronger, was born June 30, 1825, at Houdain, near Arras. He received his musical education at the School of Saint Roch, and became an organist at various Parisian churches. In '48 he produced at the Opéra National, 'Don Quixote and Sancho Pança,' appearing in it himself with Joseph Kelm the chansonette singer. In '51 he became conductor at the Palais Royal; in '54 or '55 he was manager of the Folies-Concertantes, Boulevard du Temple, a small theatre converted by him from a music hall, in which he was composer, librettist, conductor, singer, machinist, and scene painter, as occasion required. Of his then compositions we must name 'Vade au Cabaret,' and 'Le