born on 18/5/1845 in Schwanberg, Steiermark, Austria
died on 27/10/1925 in Wien, Austria
Wilhelm Gericke (18 May 1845 – 27 October 1925) was an Austrian conductor and composer. He was born in Schwanberg, Austria and studied in Vienna before directing opera in Linz and Vienna. In 1874, he became chorus master at the Vienna Court Opera where he gave the Viennese premiere of Richard Wagner's Tannhäuser. He also made a name for himself producing French and Italian operas. From 1880, he conducted the Vienna Society concerts.
He spent two periods in the United States conducting the Boston Symphony Orchestra, 1884-1889 and 1898-1906.
In 1884, Gericke was made an honorary member of the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde in Wien.
His compositions include:
- Muntrer Bach, was rauscht du so?
- Wach auf, du schöne Träumerin
|Boston Symphony Orchestra Music Directors|
|George Henschel (1881) Wilhelm Gericke (1884) Arthur Nikisch (1889) Emil Paur (1893) Wilhelm Gericke (1898) Karl Muck (1906) Max Fiedler (1908) Karl Muck (1912) Henri Rabaud (1918) Pierre Monteux (1919) Serge Koussevitzky (1924) Charles Münch (1949) Erich Leinsdorf (1962) William Steinberg (1969) Seiji Ozawa (1973) James Levine (2004)|