Clemens von und zu Franckenstein

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Clemens Erwein Heinrich Karl Bonaventura Freiherr von und zu Franckenstein (14 July 1875 – 19 August 1942) was a German opera composer, studying in Vienna, Austria, and later in Munich, Germany, with Ludwig Thuille and at the Hoch Conservatory in Frankfurt with Iwan Knorr. After a visit to the USA he conducted the Moody-Manners Opera Company in England from 1902–1907, then worked at the court theatres of Wiesbaden and Berlin, until the court theaters were abolished after the First World War. He was general director of the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich (1912–1918 and 1924–1934). He produced the Munich Opera Festival through 1934 when he was forced out by Nazi prohibitions.[1]

Franckenstein was born in Wiesentheid, Germany to Karl Freiherr von und zu Franckenstein (1831–1898) and Elma Gräfin von Schönborn-Wiesentheid (1841–1884). His brother was Austrian Ambassador to England, Georg von und zu Franckenstein (1878–1953). Georg's son, actor Clement von Franckenstein (b. 1944), is his nephew.[2]

Franckenstein died in Hechendorf am Pilsensee, Oberbayern, Germany at age 67.

Stage Works[edit]

Orchestral Works[edit]

  • Rhapsodie für Orchester op. 47.
  • Variations on a theme by Meyerbeer
  • Dance suite
  • Serenade
  • Praeludium
  • Symphonic suite
  • Das alte Lied
  • Four dances
  • Festival Prelude


  1. ^ John Mucci. "Clemens von Franckenstein". OperaGlass. Retrieved 2007-08-07. 
  2. ^ Rudolf Ulrich (2007). "Biography for Clement von Franckenstein". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2007-08-07. 

Further reading[edit]

  • McCredie, Andrew D., Clemens von Franckenstein (1875–1942). A German Associate of the English Frankfort Group. The Orchesterlied and his settings from Hans Bethge's "Die chinesische Flöte", in Miscellanea Musicologica [Adelaide Studies in Musicology, Vol. 13], 1988.
  • McCredie, Andrew D., Clemens von Franckenstein, Tutzing: Schneider, 1992 (in German) [Series: Komponisten in Bayern, Vol. 26], ISSN 0937-583X.
  • McCredie, Andrew D., The comparative case histories of Karl Amadeus Hartmann, Clemens von Frankenstein and Paul von Klenau as variant examples of Innere Emigration: Problems and issues for German music historiography of the period 1918-1945. in: Glazba, ideje i drustvo: Svecani zbornik za Ivana Supicica/Music, ideas, and society: Essays in honour of Ivan Supicic, Zagreb, Croatia: Hrvatsko Muzikolosko Drustvo 1993, pp. 215-235 (in English).
  • Landfester, Ulrike, Briefwechsel mit Clemens von Franckenstein [The correspondence with Clemens von Franckenstein: 1894-1928.], Freiburg im Breisgau: Rombach 1998, ISBN 3-7930-9182-1.