Henrik Hennings

Tchaikovsky Research

Danish composer, lawyer and music publisher (b. 16 October 1848 [N.S.] in Elsinore (Helsingør); d. 18 February 1923), born Henrik Jacob Christian Amalius Otto Hennings.

After studying at the newly-established Danish Academy of Music from 1867, he went on to study politics in 1870, and embarked on a legal career five years later. However, he continued to compose, writing many songs on German and Scandinavian texts [1]. In 1880, he was appointed director of the Royal Hofmusikboghandel, and eight years later became its proprietor, and was a very active figure in Scandinavian music publishing and arranging concerts throughout Denmark.

Correspondence with Tchaikovsky

One letter from Tchaikovsky to Henrik Hennings has survived, dating from 1892, and has been translated into English on this website:

One letter from Hennings to Tchaikovsky, dating from 1892, is preserved in the Klin House-Museum Archive.

Notes and References

  1. One of his song cycles, Sechs Lieder von H. Heine, includes a setting of Heine's poem Warum sind denn die Rosen so blaß?, which Tchaikovsky also set to music (in a Russian translation by Lev Mey) as Why? (Отчего?), No. 5 of the Six Romances, Op. 6.