Pauline Erdmannsdörfer-Fichtner

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German pianist and composer (b. 28 June 1847 in Vienna; d. 24 September 1916 in Munich), born Pauline Oprawill.

Following the death of her mother, Pauline was raised by her aunt and adopted her surname of Fichtner. After training in Vienna and Weimar under Franz Liszt, during the early 1870s her talents as a pianist became widely recognised, winning several international prizes. Her first compositions were published in Vienna in 1870. In 1874, she married the conductor Max Erdmannsdörfer (1848–1905), and performed as a pianist under her husband's direction. They lived in Moscow from 1881 to 1889 where she became acquainted with Tchaikovsky, and concentrated on composing rather than recitals. After returning to Germany, the couple settled in Bremen and then (from 1896) in Munich, where Pauline continued to compose and teach the piano.

Correspondence with Tchaikovsky

2 letters from Tchaikovsky to Pauline Erdmannsdörfer-Fichtner have survived, dating from 1886 and 1889, both of which have been translated into English on this website:

3 letters from Pauline Erdmannsdörfer-Fichtner to Tchaikovsky, dating from around 1886, are preserved in the Klin House-Museum Archive.