Georg Schumann (composer)

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Georg Schumann
Georg Schumann.tif
Georg Schumann in 1950
Born (1866-10-25)October 25, 1866
Died May 23, 1952(1952-05-23) (aged 85)
Occupation Composer

Georg Alfred Schumann (October 25, 1866 - May 23, 1952) was a German composer and director of the Sing-Akademie zu Berlin.

Biography[edit]

Schumann was born at Königstein, Germany, October 25, 1866. He was the son of Clemens Schumann (1839–1918) and the older brother of Camillo Schumann. He first studied the violin and organ with his father and grandfather, and even ended up getting taught by Friedrich Baumfelder, a well-known German composer, pianist, and conductor of his day. He later was a student at the Leipzig Conservatory for seven years, conducted an orchestra at Danzig from 1891–1896 and from 1896-1899 the orchestra at Bremen. In 1900 he became professor and director at the Sing-Akademie zu Berlin. In 1907 he became a member of the Prussian Academy of Arts, in 1918 vice-president and finally in 1934 President.

Works (Selection)[edit]

  • Symphonies:
    • Symphony No. 1, "Preis-Symphonie" in B minor (1887)
    • Symphony No. 2 in F minor, Op. 42 (1905)
  • Other orchestral works:
    • Amor und Psyche, Op. 3 (1888) for soloists, choir and orchestra
    • Celebration overture in C minor, Op.48 (1939)
    • Joy of Life overture, Op. 54 (1911)
    • Im Ringen um ein Ideal, symphonic poem Op. 66 (1916)
    • Orchestral Variations on Vetter Michel, Op. 74 (1930)
    • Ouvertüre zu einem Drama, Op. 45 (1906)
    • Serenade for Large Orchestra, Op. 34 (1902)
    • Symphonische Variationen über den Choral Wer nur den lieben Gott lässt walten, Op. 24 (1900)
    • Variations and Gigue on Handel's "The Harmonious Blacksmith" for large orchestra, Op. 72 (1925)
  • Choral music:
    • Ruth op. 50 (1908)
    • Songs of Hiob, Op. 60 (1914)
  • Chamber Music
    • Cello Sonata in E minor, Op. 19 (1898)
    • Piano Quartet in F minor, Op. 29 (1901)
    • Piano Quintet No. 1 in E minor, Op. 18 (1898)
    • Piano Quintet Nr. 2 in F minor, Op. 49 (1909)
    • Piano Trio No. 1, Op. 25
    • Piano Trio No. 2, Op. 62
  • Piano Music:
    • Ballade, Op. 65
    • Improvisationen, Op. 7 (1892)
    • Stimmungsbilder, Op. 2 (1886)
    • Traumbilder, Op. 4 (1890)

Recordings[edit]

  • Piano Trios Nos. 1 & 2. Recorded by the Munchner Klaviertrio and released on cpo (777 712-2) in 2011.
  • Symphony No. 1, "Preis-Symphonie" and Serenade for Large Orchestra were released on cpo 3066793 in 2012.

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