Elisabeth von Herzogenberg

Elisabeth von Herzogenberg née Elisabet von Stockhausen (born in Paris on 13 April 1847; died in Sanremo on 7 January 1892) was a German pianist, composer, singer and philanthropist.


Her father had served as a Hanoverian ambassador and was a pianist linked to Frédéric Chopin and Charles-Valentin Alkan. Although a Protestant, she married the Catholic Heinrich von Herzogenberg.[1] She is known in large part for her association with Johannes Brahms.[2] As an aristocratic musician, she largely did not perform or publish for the public,[3] but did arrange children's folk songs.[4] Ethel Smyth devoted chapter XX of her Impressions That Remained: Memoirs to her.[5]


  1. ^ Peter Clive (2 October 2006). Brahms and His World: A Biographical Dictionary. Scarecrow Press. pp. 216–218. ISBN 978-1-4617-2280-9.
  2. ^ The Online Books Page at UPenn
  3. ^ Ruth A. Solie (1995). Musicology and Difference: Gender and Sexuality in Music Scholarship. University of California Press. pp. 126–127. ISBN 978-0-520-20146-0.
  4. ^ Paul Berry (April 2014). Brahms Among Friends: Listening, Performance, and the Rhetoric of Allusion. OUP USA. pp. 3–6. ISBN 978-0-19-998264-6.
  5. ^ Ethel Smyth (16 April 2013). Impressions That Remained - Memoirs of Ethel Smyth. Read Books Limited. ISBN 978-1-4465-4542-3.