Künneke, Eduard

BORN 27 Jan 1885, Emmerich am Rhein - DIED 27 Oct 1953, Berlin
GRAVE LOCATION Berlin: Friedhof Heerstrasse, Trahkener Allee 1, Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf (Feld II-W7-61)

Eduard Künneke studied musical science and literary history. In 1905 he became a pupil to Max Bruch in Berlin. He became master of the choir at the Neuen Operettentheater at the Schiffbauerdamm in Berlin. After his opera "Robins Ende" (1909) was staged at 38 theatres in Germany he gave up his job at the Operettentheater.

His operetta "Das Dorf Ohne Glocke" (1919) was a success in Berlin and "Der Vetter Aus Dingda" (1921) was an international success.

Between 1919 and 1928 he wrote sixteen plays. Künneke mainly worked as a composer to obtain money. His real passion was science. He became a doctor after translating "Beowulf".

His opera "Die Grosse Sünderin" was held back because he had married a woman that wasn't completely Arian. After the war he enjoyed no more successes.


The grave of Eduard Künneke and Katherine Garden at the Friedhof Heerstrasse, Berlin. Their daughter Evelyn is mentioned on the gravestone but was buried nearby.
Picture by Androom (28 Mar 2007)


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• Benz, Wolfgang/Hermann, Biographisches Lexicon zur Weimarer Republik, Beck, München, 1988
• Mende, Hans-Jürgen, Lexicon Berliner Grabstätten, Haude & Spener, 2006

Kunz, Alfred

Published: 27 May 2007
Last update: 27 Jan 2022