Victor Ernst Nessler

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Victor Ernst Nessler
Nessler bust in Strasbourg

Victor Ernst Nessler (French Victor Erneste Nessler) (born January 28, 1841 in Baldenheim , † May 28, 1890 in Strasbourg ) was a German composer .


Nessler was the son of pastor Carl Ferdinand Nessler and his wife Wilhelmine Nessler née Kampmann. At the request of his father, he studied Protestant theology at the University of Strasbourg . During his studies he took private composing lessons with Th. Stern. With his help and support, Nessler was able to successfully debut ( church music ) towards the end of his studies . During his studies in 1861 he became a member of the Black Castle Association Wilhelmitana Strasbourg .

When his opera Fleurette had a very successful premiere in 1864 , Nessler gave up his studies and went to Leipzig that same year . In order to improve and refine his skills, he became a master student of Moritz Hauptmann there . In 1868 he was able to present his romantic magical opera Sleeping Beauty Bridal Journey to his audience with great success . In 1870 Nessler was hired as choir conductor at the Leipzig City Theater and in 1878 he took over the duties of Kapellmeister at the Carola Theater (Leipzig). The most important tasks included a. the management of the Leipzig Singers Association .

Nessler's Der Rattenfänger von Hameln was also performed successfully on March 19, 1879 in Leipzig . After further, albeit less spectacular, successes, Nessler experienced a sensational success on May 4, 1884 with his opera Der Trompeter von Säckingen , which made him known almost overnight in the entire German-speaking region. One of his last successes was the performance of the Singspiel Otto der Schütz in 1886 , with which he could no longer build on the earlier successes.

After 1888 Nessler left Leipzig and returned to Alsace. He settled in Strasbourg, where he died soon after his 49th birthday on May 28, 1890. There he found his final resting place.

Works (selection)

Vocal works

  • The flower's vengeance
  • The grave at Busento
  • Singing at Pentecost

Stage works

  • Fleurette . Opera. Libretto :? Premiere 1864 Strasbourg
  • Sleeping Beauty's bridal trip . Opera. Libretto:? Premiere 1867 Leipzig
  • Honeymoon . Opera (Singspiel?). Libretto:? Premiere 1867 Leipzig
  • Night watchman and student . Opera (Singspiel?) In one act. Libretto:? Premiere 1868 Leipzig
  • On Alexander Day . Opera (Singspiel?) In one act. Libretto:? Premiere 1869 Leipzig
  • Irmingard . Opera. Libretto:? Premiere 1876 Leipzig
  • The Pied Piper of Hamelin . Opera in 5 acts. Libretto: Friedrich Hofmann (after J. Wolff). Premiere March 19, 1879 Leipzig
  • The wild hunter . Opera (Singspiel?) In 4 acts. Libretto: Friedrich Hofmann. Premiere 1881 Leipzig
  • The trumpeter from Säckingen . Opera in a prelude and 3 acts. Libretto: Rudolf Bunge (after Joseph Victor von Scheffel ). Premiere 1884 Leipzig
  • Otto the contactor . Opera (Singspiel?) In 4 acts. Libretto: Rudolf Bunge (after G. Kinkel). Premiere 1886 Leipzig
  • The rose of Strasbourg . Opera (Singspiel?). Libretto:? Premiere 1890 Munich



Web links

Commons : Victor Nessler  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Birth certificate 5/1841 in the Mairie Baldenheim
  2. ^ Leopold Petri (ed.): Directory of members of the Schwarzburgbund. Fourth edition, Bremerhaven 1908, p. 185, No. 69.