Felix Woyrsch

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Felix Woyrsch (8 October 1860, Opava – 20 March 1944) was a German composer and choir director.

Woyrsch lived in Dresden and Hamburg while young, studying in the latter under Ernst August Heinrich Chevallier. He held posts as a conductor and organist in several German cities in the 1890s and 1900s. In 1917 he was elected to the Prussian Academy of Arts, and in 1936 he was given the Goethe Medal.[1] He retired in 1937. His main influences included his friend Brahms as well as Bach, Palestrina, Lassus, and Heinrich Schütz.

His compositions include seven symphonies, five further works for orchestra, three operas, 100 songs, and a violin concerto.[2]

Selected works[edit]


  • Der Pfarrer von Meudon (The Priest of Meudon) 1886
  • Wikingerfahrt (Journey of the Vikings) 1896


  • 1st symphony in C minor, op. 52. 1908

Web sources[edit]

  1. ^ Helmut Wirth, "Felix Woyrsch". The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians online.
  2. ^ Pfohl-Woyrsch-Society e.V.

External links[edit]

See also: Woyrsch