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Von La Hache; a brief introduction

Von La Hache; in Dresden

Von La Hache; in New Orleans

Von La Hache; his musik

Sources and acknowledgments

Theodore von la Hache


A brief introduction

1822
Born in Dresden, in March.
Up untill now the exact date of birth hasn’t been established yet. It might have been 22 March 1822, but the records department of the Stadt Archiv Dresden is still investigating the matter.
Little is known about his roots and his early days, though records show that he enjoyed a scholarly musical education in Dresden, in the tradition of the “German School”.

1842
Emigrates to the United States of America, where he settles in New Orleans as a music teacher (piano). In the following years he composes several pieces of music for piano as well as waltzes, songs and church music.

1846
Marries Maria Emilia Johnston in St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New Orleans.

1850
Is appointed Chief Organist of the Church of St. Theresia.

1851
Composes the “Grand Jubilee” Mass.

1852
Founds the music society “The New Orleans Philharmonic Society”
Composes the “Mass for Double Choir”

1853-1869
Organizes numerous concerts; frequent performer in benefit concerts.

1853
Outbreak of yellow fever epidemic in New Orleans: thousands of people die.
Publication of “Choir Studies”.

1855
Publication of the “Mass of St. Peter”, the “Mass of St. Theresa” and the “Mass of St. Anthony”

1856
Publication of the “Corpus Christi Mass”, the “Mass in G”, the “Mass in F”, the “Mass of St. Louis”, the “Mass of Sacraments” and the “Mass of the Holy Cross”

1858
Publication of the “Union Mass” and the “Grande Etude de Salon pour Piano”

1859
Publication of the “Festival Cantata”

1865
After the prolonged years of the Civil War: publication of the “Missa Pro Pace”, opus 644 (the highest opus number).

1866
Founds the musical association “The Harmonic Association of New Orleans”.
In February he suffers from lead poisoning, which over the years causes his hands to become paralysed.
Together with business partner G. Doll, he opens a music store and starts selling pianos.

1867
In addition to piano retail, he starts selling scores. After his business partner Doll withdraws from the business, Von La Hache’s son starts to assist him at the store.

1868
For the last time, a great musical performance takes place under his directorship: the “Twelfth Mass” of W.A. Mozart.

1869
Out of pity and respect, a benefit concert is organized on 7 May 1869 on behalf of a critically ill and impoverished Von La Hache.

On 21 November 1869 Theodore Felix Von La Hache dies in great poverty and after a long spell of sickness at the age of just 47.



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