Louise Haenel de Cronenthall

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Louise Augusta Marie Julia Haenel de Cronenthall (18 June 1836 – 9 March 1896) was a German composer who lived and worked in France.


Louise Haenel de Cronenthall was born in Naumburg, Germany, the daughter of piano maker Julius Franz Hänel, and moved to Paris to study at the Conservatoire at age 17. She studied with Camille-Marie Stamaty (1811–1870) for piano, Auguste-Joseph Franchomme (1808–1884) for cello, and Jules Demersseman (1833–1866) for flute and composition. In 1862 she married Marquise d'Héricourt de Valincourt (1836–1896).

Haenel received a medal for her work in the Paris World Fair of 1867. She died in Paris.[1][2]


Louise Haenel de Cronenthall was a very productive composer. Selected compositions include:

  • La nuit d'épreuve (The Eight samples) opera, 1867
  • La Chanson du Thé
  • Cremonese, string quartet
  • La cinquantaine villageoise (The Golden Peasant Wedding), symphony
  • Salute au printemps (spring greeting), symphony
  • La fantastique (The Great), symphony
  • Appolonia, symphony
  • Bonheur pastoral (pastoral happiness), symphony


  1. ^ Sadie, Julie Anne; Samuel, Rhian. New Grove Dictionary of Women Composers. 
  2. ^ Sadie, Julie Anne; Samuel, Rhian (1994). The Norton/Grove dictionary of women composers (DIGITIZED ONLINE BY GOOGLEBOOKS). Retrieved 4 October 2010.