Emile Hatzfeld

Tchaikovsky Research

French-born music publisher and lecturer (b. 5 June 1857 [N.S.] in Mulhouse, Alsace; d. 1929 in London).

The son of a music professor, Hatzfeld came to London in 1878, where he became a naturalised British citizen in 1896. He worked as a commercial clerk before founding the firm of Hatzfeld & Co. in London during the 1880s. The firm was taken over by Edwin Ashdown Ltd. in 1903.

Hatzfeld was also the founder (1894) and first editor of The Strand Musical Magazine. He also made musical arrangements under the pen name "Emil le Sage".

Hatzfeld and Tchaikovsky met during the latter's visit to London in June 1893.

Correspondence with Tchaikovsky

One letter from Tchaikovsky to Emile Hatzfeld has survived, dating from 1893, and has been translated into English on this website:

One letter from Hatzfeld to the composer, dating from 24 May/5 June 1893, is preserved in the Tchaikovsky State Memorial Musical Museum-Reserve at Klin (a4, No. 186).

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