Stephen Heller

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15 Melodies of Schubert2 Cahiers, Op.1142 Caprices on Themes by Mendelssohn, Op.1442 Etudes, Op.1512 Impromptus, Op.1292 Intermezzi, Op.1352 Operatic Paraphrases, Op.482 Paraphrases sur 'Richard Cœur de Lion', Opp.25-262 Polonaises, Op.1322 Tarantelles, Op.1372 Tarantelles, Op.852 Valses, Op.622 Waltzes Op.9320 Preludes, Op.15021 Etudes Speciales after Chopin, Op.15424 Etudes d'Expression et de Rhythme, Op.12524 Etudes, Op.9024 Preludes, Op.8125 Etudes mélodiques, Op.4525 Etudes, Op.473 deutsche Tänze3 Etudes, Op.1393 Feuillets d'album, Op.1573 Lieder ohne Worte, Op.1053 Melodies de Mendelssohn, Op.723 Morceaux brillants, Op.103 Morceaux, Op.1213 Nocturnes, Op.913 Ouvertures, Op.1263 Schäfer-Stücklein, Op.1063 Ständchen, Op.1313 Stücke, Op.7330 Etudes Progressives, Op.4630 Lieder von Franz Schubert übertragen33 Variations on a Theme of Beethoven, Op.1304 Arabesques, Op.494 Barcarollen, Op.1414 Ländler, Op.1074 Rondos Faciles et Brillants, Op.234 Rondos sur des thèmes de l'opéra 'La favorite', Op.226 Etudes


A Compendium of Heller's Pianoforte Studies


Ballade, Op.34Bolero, Op.32


Canzonetta, Op.100Capriccietto, Op.156Capriccio, Op.63Caprice brillant, Op.27Caprice brillant, Op.38Caprice brillant, Op.70Caprice caractéristique, Op.76Caprice symphonique, Op.28


Die Forelle, Op.33Divertissement brillant, Op.13


Ein Grosses Albumblatt und ein Kleines, Op.110Ein Heft Walzer, Op.145


Fabliau, Op.155Fantaisie et Valse sur 'L'Enfant prodigue' d'Auber, Op.74Fantaisie, Op.31Fantaisie, Op.37Fantaisie-Caprice, Op.113Fantasie-Sonate, Op.69Favorite PiecesFeuilles volantes, Op.123Feuillets d'album, Op.83Freischütz Studien, Op.127


Genrebild, Op.94Grande étude, Op.96


Herbstblätter, Op.109Humoreske, Op.64


Im Walde, Op.128Im Walde, Op.136Im Walde, Op.86Impromptu, Op.84Improvisata on a Theme of Schumann, Op.98Improvisata, Op.35


Jagdstück, Op.102




La chasse, Op.29La Vallée d'amour, Op.67Ländler and Walzer, Op.97L'art de phraser, Op.16Les Charmes de Hambourg, Op.2Lieder after Schubert, Op.55


Mazurka, Op.158Mélodies, Op.120Miscellanées, Op.40Morceau de Salon, Op.36Morceaux de ballet, Op.111


Nocturne, Op.103Notenbuch für Klein und Gross, Op.138Nuits Blanches, Op.82


Pensées fugitives, Op.30Petit Album, Op.134Piano Sonata No.1, Op.9Piano Sonata No.2, Op.65Piano Sonata No.3, Op.88Piano Sonata No.4, Op.143Piano Sonatina No.1, Op.146Piano Sonatina No.2, Op.147Piano Sonatina No.3, Op.149Pianoforte-Werke zu zwei händenPolonaise, Op.104Preludes pour Mademoiselle Lili, Op.119Promenades d'un Solitaire, Op.78Promenades d'un Solitaire, Op.80Promenades d'un Solitaire, Op.89


Rêveries du promeneur solitaire, Op.101Rêveries du promeneur solitaire, Op.58Rondeau-caprice et Romance variée, Op.75Rondino brillant, Op.15Rondoletto sur la Cracovienne, Op.12Rondo-Valse, Op.11


Saltarello, Op.77Scènes d'Enfants, Op.124Scenes Pastorales, Op.50Scherzo Fantastique, Op.57Scherzo No.4, Op.108Scherzo, Op.24Ständchen von F. Schubert, Op.68


Tarantelle No.1, Op.53Tarantelle No.2, Op.61Tarantelle, Op.87Thème de N. Paganini varié, Op.1ToccatinaTraumbilder, Op.79


Valse brillante No.4, Op.59Valses-Rêveries, Op.122Variations brillantes sur un thème polonais, Op.5Variations on a Theme by Beethoven, Op.133Variations on a Theme of Schumann, Op.142Voyage autour de ma chambre, Op.140


Élégie et Marche funèbre, Op.71
Stephen Heller (Hungarian: Heller István) (15 May 1815 – 14 January 1888) was a Hungarian pianist, teacher and composer whose career spanned the period from Schumann to Bizet. Heller was an influence for later Romantic composers. He outlived his reputation, and was a near-forgotten figure at his death in 1888.
Heller was born in Pest, Hungary in 1815. He had been destined for a legal career, but instead decided to devote his life to music. At the age of nine he performed Jan Ladislav Dussek's Concerto for Two Pianos with his teacher, F. Brauer, at the Budapest Theater. He played so well that he was sent to study in Vienna, Austria, under Carl Czerny. Unable to afford Czerny's expensive fees, he became a student of Anton Halm. After a success in the first public concert in Vienna at the age of 15, his father undertook a concert tour through Hungary, Poland and Germany.
Heller returned to Budapest by way of Kassel, Frankfurt, Nuremberg, Hamburg, and Augsburg. After passing the winter of 1829 at Hamburg, he was taken ill at Augsburg in the summer of 1830. He abandoned the tour there and was soon afterwards adopted by a wealthy patron of music.
At the age of 25, he travelled to Paris, where he became closely acquainted with Hector Berlioz, Frédéric Chopin, Franz Liszt and other renowned composers of his era. Here Heller achieved distinction both as a concert performer and as a teacher. He taught piano to Isidor Philipp, who later became head of the piano department of the Conservatoire de Paris.
In 1849 Heller performed in England, where in 1850 he was the subject of a long serial article (that is divided between many issues) devoted to his music in the British Musical World. In 1862 he performed Mozart's E-flat concerto for two pianos with Charles Hallé at The Crystal Palace.
He spent the last twenty-five years of his life in Paris.
Heller was a prolific composer for the piano and his studies remain popular with music teachers and students.