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Chemin-Petit, Hans (Helmuth)

Chemin-Petit, Hans (Helmuth)

Chemin-Petit, Hans (Helmuth), German composer and teacher; b. Potsdam, June 24, 1902; d. Berlin, April 12, 1981. His family was of remote French origin. Both his father and grandfather were professional musicians. He studied cello in Berlin with Hugo Becker and composition with Paul Juon. He subsequently was mostly active as a cello teacher, serving on the staff of the Berlin Hochschule fur Musik and later at the Akademie der Kiinste; in 1968 he was appointed director of its music dept. As a composer, he followed the median line of neo-Classicism.


chamber O p e r a : Der gefangene Vogel 1927); Lady Monika (1930); Konig Nicolo (1962); Die Komodiantin 1968); Die Rivalinnen (1970). orch.: 2 syms. (1932, 1949); Cello Concerto (1932); Concerto for Orchestra (1944); Concerto for Organ, Strings, and Kettledrums (1963); Musik (1968). other: 2 recorder sonatas (1958, 1960); Symphonic Cantata (1967); other cantatas; church music; piano pieces.


A Witte, H. C.-P. (Berlin, 1987).

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire

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