Hinrichs, Gustav (Heinrich Carl)
- June C. Ottenberg
(b Grabow, Germany, Dec 10, 1850; d Mountain Lakes, NJ, Mar 26, 1942). American conductor and composer. Trained by his musician father in piano, clarinet, and violin and by Eduard Marxsen in composition, Hinrichs came to San Francisco in 1870. There his expanding reputation as a conductor and teacher led to the founding of the Philharmonic Society. Following his experience as assistant conductor under Theodore Thomas for the American Opera Company, Hinrichs formed his own opera company in Philadelphia and throughout nine seasons presented six American premieres. By the beginning of the twentieth century he was well known nationally. In New York he taught at the National Conservatory of Music and Columbia University, and conducted for the Metropolitan Opera. He later composed and arranged film music for Universal Studios including the original Phantom of the Opera....