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
|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|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Proch, Heinrich," accessed July 29, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107140.
Proch, Heinrich. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 29, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107140.
"Proch, Heinrich." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 29 July 2021.
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