Hubert Ferdinand Kufferath

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Hubert Ferdinand Kufferath

Hubert Ferdinand Kufferath (born June 10, 1818 in Mülheim an der Ruhr , † June 23, 1896 in Brussels ) was a German composer .


Kufferath was born as the youngest child of watchmaker Carl Kufferath and his wife Catharina. Horst was born in Mülheim an der Ruhr. Since he and six of his brothers had unusual musical talent, contemporaries also referred to them as the musical seven stars. The young Hubert Ferdinand was tutored by his older siblings Louis and Johann Hermann . He then studied first in Dessau with Friedrich Schneider , then in Leipzig with Ferdinand David and from 1839 with Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy . From 1841 to 1844 he directed the men's choir in Cologne . In 1844 he settled down as a piano and composition teacher in Brussels, where he was appointed professor for counterpoint and fugue at the Royal Conservatory in 1872 .

Kufferath composed instrumental and vocal works. Most famous, however, was his “Practical Choral School” (1876), which became a widespread standard work, especially among music students in Belgium and France.


Kufferath was married to Christine Dumont (1819-1905) from Cologne. Her son Maurice (1852-1919) first studied law and then worked as a music writer and cellist. Her daughter Antonia (1857–1939) studied singing and was a sought-after soprano in the 1880s.



  • Klaus-Ulrich Düwell: Hubert Ferdinand Kufferath , in: Rheinische Musik III, Cologne, 1964. pp. 52-53.
  • CAJ Bastiaenen: De familie Kufferath, een muzikaal geslacht van Europees format , in: Spiegel der Historie, 1967, vol. 2, no. 10, pp. 613–622.
  • Gerd Nauhaus: Clara Schumann and the Kufferath family of musicians , in: Peter Ackermann (red.), "Clara Schumann - composer, interpreter, entrepreneur", Hildesheim: Ikone, 1999. pp. 165-193.
  • Jens Roepstorff: The Kufferath family of musicians from Mülheim an der Ruhr , in: Mülheimer Jahrbuch 2016, pp. 134-139.

Web links

Wikisource: Hubert Ferdinand Kufferath  - Sources and full texts (English)

Other sources

  • Duisburger Generalanzeiger from January 3, 1926
  • City archive Mülheim an der Ruhr, holdings 1550