Hans Huber (composer)

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Hans Huber (actually Johann Alexander Huber ; born June 28, 1852 in Eppenberg-Wöschnau ; † December 25, 1921 in Locarno ) was a Swiss composer , pianist and music teacher.

Hans Huber (1852–1921) composer, pianist, music teacher.  Photography HC Pfünzner, Basel
Hans Huber
Hans Huber


Hans Huber was born in Eppenberg , Solothurn , where his father worked briefly as a teacher. He soon took a job as an accountant in Schönenwerd , where Hans Huber spent the first years of his childhood. He is said to have got his first musical impressions from attending masses in the collegiate church there and from his parents - his father was an amateur musician, and his mother also came from a "music-loving family". At the age of ten, Hans Huber was accepted into the Partist Institute attached to the St. Ursenstift in Solothurn and trained as a choirboy. He showed his talent at the piano early on . In 1870 he began his studies with Carl Reinecke at the Leipzig Conservatory .

After his first job in Alsace, he moved to Basel in 1877 , where he worked as a piano teacher at the general music school, which he directed from 1896. Together with Friedrich Hegar , who worked in Zurich , Huber initiated the foundation of the Swiss Tonkünstlerverein (STV) in 1900. He was also responsible for founding the Basel Conservatory (1905). With the honorary doctorate of the University of Basel awarded (1892), he led from 1899 to 1902 the Basle Choral Society and served until 1918 as director of the Conservatory in Basel.

Hans Huber's main works are: operas Der Simplicius (libretto: Albrecht Mendelssohn Bartholdy ) and Die Schöne Belinda ( Gian Bundi ); the oratory prophecy and fulfillment , Missa festiva; eight symphonies (No. 1 Tell Symphony op. 63, No. 2 Böcklin Symphony op. 115, No. 3 Heroic op. 118, No. 7 Swiss ); four piano concertos ; two violin concertos ; Piano quintet op. 111; four piano trios; nine violin sonatas; four violoncello sonatas; numerous works for piano for two and four hands, as well as songs and choral works with and without accompaniment. He also wrote the music for two festivals by Rudolf Wackernagel , which were written in 1892 for the Kleinbasler commemoration ceremony and in 1901 to commemorate Basel's entry into the Swiss Confederation . The symphonic work brought Huber recognition by the professional world and the festival music helped him to great popularity.

Hans Huber spent the last years of his life in Minusio in the Villa Ginia and died in Locarno in 1921. He married Ida Angelika Petzold in 1880. She was the daughter of Karl Eugen Petzold .

In his honor, the chamber music hall of the Basel city ​​casino was renamed the Hans Huber-Saal ; In addition, a street was named after him in 1930 in the Gundeldingen district of Basel . There are also Hans-Huber-Strassen in Solothurn (in a small “composers' quarter” in which Strassen are also named after Stephan Jaeggi and Edmund Wyss ) and in Zurich .

Works (selection)

Orchestral works


  • Symphony in E flat major (incomplete, 1870–1877)
  • Villa Ginia
    1st Symphony in D minor ( Tell Symphony , 1880)
  • Symphony in A major (originally 2nd symphony, withdrawn by the composer, 1889)
  • 2nd Symphony in E minor ( Böcklin , 1897, 1900)
  • 3rd Symphony in C major ( Heroic , 1902)
  • 4th Symphony in A major ( Academic , 1903, 1917)
  • 5th Symphony in F major ( Romantic , Der Geiger von Gmünd , 1905)
  • 6th Symphony in A major ( Giojosa , 1911)
  • 7th Symphony in D minor ( Swiss , 1917)
  • 8th Symphony in F major ( Spring , 1920)

Piano concerts

  • Piano Concerto No. 1 in C minor, op.36 (1878)
  • Piano Concerto No. 2 in G major, op.107
  • Piano Concerto No. 3 in D major, op.113 (1899)
  • Piano Concerto No. 4 in B flat major (1911)

Further orchestral works

  • A comedy overture, op.50 (1878)
  • Symphonic introduction to the opera Der Simplicius
  • To the fatherland (symphonic ode)
  • 2 serenades: summer nights (1885) and winter nights (1895)

Stage works


Stage music

  • Music for a festival (for the Kleinbasler commemoration, text by Rudolf Wackernagel, 1892)
  • The Basler Bund 1501 (for the 500th Basler Bundesfeier, text by Rudolf Wackernagel, 1901)
  • The Christmas star (nativity play, text by Meinrad Lienert, 1916)

Other orchestral works

  • 4 piano concerts
  • 2 violin concerts
  • Suite for violoncello and orchestra

Choral works


  • The sacred grove (1910)
  • Prophecy and Fulfillment (1913)

measure up

  • Missa festiva in Es ( Little Hermit Mass )
  • Missa festiva in honorem Beatae Mariae Virginis in D major ( Great Hermit Mass )
  • Missa festiva in honorem Beatae Mariae Virginis in F major (male choir and organ)
  • Mass in honorem Sancti Ursi
  • A festival fair


  • Reconciliation (male choir, solos and orchestra; 1879)
  • Pandora (mixed choir, soprano solo and orchestra; 1883)
  • Caenis (male choir, alto solo and orchestra; 1890)
  • Heroes 'honor (men's choir, boys' or women's choir, soprano solo, baritone solo and orchestra; 1909–1913)
  • Cantata for the anniversary of the University of Basel (mixed choir, male choir, boys choir, solos, orchestra and organ; 1910)
  • Meerfahrt (Ode for male choir, solo and orchestra)

Other choral works

  • 25 male choirs a cappella
  • Serbian and Romanian folk songs for mixed choir a cappella

Chamber music and other works

  • Quintet for piano and wind instruments op.136 (1920)
  • Sextet for piano and wind instruments
  • 4 piano trios
  • 2 piano quartets
  • 2 piano quintets
  • Trio fantasies for piano, violin and violoncello
  • Sonatas and suites for chamber ensembles
  • 3 sonatas for two pianos
  • numerous piano pieces
  • some organ works


Web links

Commons : Hans Huber  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Hans Huber's biography
  2. ^ GW .: Commemoration in Schönenwerd . In: Solothurner Zeitung . No. 267 , November 16, 1971, p. 17 .