Bronsart [née Starck], Ingeborg (Lena) von
- James Deaville
(b St Petersburg, 12/Aug 24, 1840; d Munich, June 17, 1913). German composer and pianist of Swedish parentage. She already showed remarkable pianistic and compositional talent before the age of eight. After studies with Henselt in St Petersburg (1855–7), she moved in early 1858 to Weimar to complete her training with Liszt, who came to esteem her as both pianist and composer. In the winter of 1858 she embarked upon a successful career as a travelling virtuoso. She was often accompanied by Hans Bronsart von Schellendorf, whom she had married in 1861. Ingeborg was required to forsake her career as a pianist in 1867 as a result of her husband’s appointments as Intendant at Hanover and Weimar. She then devoted herself to composition, primarily of songs and operas. She achieved her greatest successes with the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Marsch of 1871 (performed at the opening of the Women’s Exhibit at the ...