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Heinrich Proch

Heinrich Proch (22 July 1809, Vienna – 18 December 1878, Vienna) was an Austrian composer.

Proch studied jurisprudence and completed his training as a violinist in Vienna. From 1834 to 1867, he was a member of the Vienna Hofkapelle. He was also Kapellmeister at the Theater in der Josefstadt between 1837 and 1840, after which he became First Kapellmeister at the Theater am Kärntnertor, the predecessor of the Vienna State Opera. Besides his conducting duties, Proch also worked as a singing teacher.

He composed one opera (Ring und Maske), three operettas, incidental music, orchestral works, and chamber music, as well as over 200 lieder, and won further distinction for his translations of Italian operas (e.g., Verdi's Il trovatore, Donizetti's Don Pasquale). Today, his most famous composition remains the Air and Variations "Deh! torna mio bene", a virtuosic work for coloratura soprano that has been recorded by most sopranos from Luisa Tetrazzini and Amelita Galli-Curci to Maria Callas and Joan Sutherland.

His daughter, Louise Proch, became a well-known singer and actor.

Birth and Death Data: Born 1809 (Vienna), Died 1878 (Vienna)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1900 - 1927

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]458 7-in. 10/26/1900 The alpine horn Frank Badollet ; Jean Moeremans Flute and saxophone duet composer  
Victor C-10077 12-in. 3/18/1911 Proch's air and variations Luisa Tetrazzini Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra and flute composer  
Victor C-20663 12-in. 9/13/1917 Proch's air and variations Amelita Galli-Curci Soprano vocal solo, with flute and orchestra composer  
Victor CVE-20663 12-in. 5/6/1926 Proch's air and variations Amelita Galli-Curci Soprano vocal solo, with flute and orchestra composer  
Victor [Trial 1923-06-23-02] 10-in. 6/23/1923 Proch's airs E. F. Hollands Female vocal solo, with piano composer  
Columbia 49803 12-in. 4/23/1920 Theme and variations Maria Barrientos ; Marshall P. Lufsky Soprano vocal solo, with flute obbligato and orchestra composer  
Columbia 98136 12-in. 3/24/1924 Proch's air and variations Florence Macbeth Soprano vocal solo, with flute and orchestra composer  
Brunswick [Br cat 20232-a] 12-in. approximately June 1918 Proch's Themes and variations Mme. Nadina Legat Soprano vocal solo composer  
Edison 398 12-in. approximately Nov. 1910 Thema con variazioni Maria Galvany Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Edison 399 12-in. approximately Nov. 1910 Thema con variazioni Lucette Korsoff Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Edison 3211 10-in. July 1914 Tema con variazioni Lucette Korsoff Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Edison 4161 10-in. 9/30/1915 Theme and variation Yvonne de Tréville Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Edison 5937 10-in. 12/19/1917 Theme and variations Frieda Hempel Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Gramophone 10894b 10-in. 1907 Variazioni di Proch Maria Galvany Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra composer  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Proch, Heinrich," accessed September 28, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107140.

Proch, Heinrich. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved September 28, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107140.

"Proch, Heinrich." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 28 September 2021.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107140

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