Knappertsbusch, Hans

BORN 12 Mar 1888, Elberfeld (now: Wuppertal) - DIED 25 Oct 1965, München, Bayern
GRAVE LOCATION München, Bayern: Friedhof Bogenhausen (left wall 53)

Hans Knappertbusch studied at Bonn University and at the Conservatory in Cologne under Fritz Steinbach. For several years he assisted Siegfried Wagner and Hans Richter at the Festspiele in Bayreuth.

He held positions as a conductor in Elberfeld (1913-1918), Leipzig (1918-1919) and Dessau (1919-1922) before he succeeded Bruno Walter as General Music Director of the Bavarian State Orchestra. Goebbels fired him after he had asked a German diplomat whether he had been joined the Nazi Party because of his career.

He moved to Vienna in 1938 where he was musical director of the State Opera until 1950. After the war he returned Munich, but he frequently worked at Bayreuth and Vienna.

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The snowy grave of Hans Knappertsbusch at the Bogenhausener Friedhof in Munich, Bavaria.
Picture by Androom (03 Jan 1997)


Encyclopedie van de Muziek, Elsevier, Amsterdam, 1959
Hans Knappertsbusch - Wikipedia

Knauer, Friedrich Karl

Published: 09 Nov 2008
Last update: 25 Apr 2022