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Robert Josef Erben (1862-1925).

  • Profession: Conductor, pianist
  • Relation to Mahler: Assistent in Hamburg since Year 1892.
  • Correspondence with Mahler: 
  • Born: 09-03-1862 Troppau (nowadays Opava), Oberring 416, Czech Republic.
  • Marriage: Sofia Maria Franziska Janauschek
  • Children: Wolfgang, Dolores, Edit.
  • Died: 17-10-1925 Charlottenburg, Germany.
  • Buried: 00-00-0000 

was Gustav Mahler first assistent in Hamburg.

When Theodor Hentschel (1830-1892) (First assistent of Gustav Mahler) died on 19-12-1892 (Year 1892), Robert Josef Erben (1862-1925) was engaged in his place, at Gustav Mahlers recommendation.

Erben is mentioned by Gustav Mahler (1860-1911) in a letter to Justine (Ernestine) Rose-Mahler (1868-1938). Letter sent from Hamburg after 20-12-1892. Letter 283.

Erben was also a student of Julius Epstein (1832-1926).

After his studies in Vienna he was conductor in Frankfurt.

Anton Bruckner (1824-1896)'s Te Deum was premiered in the Kleiner Musikvereinssaal in Vienna on 02-05-1885, with soloists Frau Ulrich-Linde, Emilie Zips, Richard Exleben, and Heinrich Gassner, with the choir of the Wiener Akademischer Richard Wagner Verein, and Robert Josef Erben (1862-1925) and Joseph Schalk substituting for the orchestra on two pianos. Hans Richter conducted the first performance with full orchestra on 10-01-1886 in the Großer Musikvereinssaal of Vienna.

27-11-1885: Composition fugue by Robert Josef Erben (1862-1925).

His name was Robert and not Franz, as given by Henry-Louis de La Grange (1924-2017) (I, p. 403).

Year 1862. Declaration of birth Robert Josef Erben (1862-1925) in Troppau (nowadays Opava), Czech Republic.

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