Martienssen, Carl Adolf

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Martienssen, Carl Adolf

Martienssen, Carl Adolf, German musicologist;b. Güstrow, Dec. 6, 1881; d. Berlin, March 1, 1955. He received training in piano from Klindworth and Berger in Berlin, and from Reisenauer in Leipzig. After teaching at the Bromber Cons., he studied with Kretzchmar, Stumpf, Wolf, and Wundt at the Univ. of Berlin. In 1914 he became a piano teacher at the Leipzig Cons. He also served as director of the piano classes at the Leipzig Inst. of Church Music, where he was made a prof, in 1932. From 1932 he was a prof, at the Berlin Musical Inst. for Foreigners. He taught at the Hochschules für Musik in Berlin (1934–45), Rostock (1945–50), and East Berlin (1950–52). Martienssen prepared Urtexts of the Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven piano sonatas.

Writings

(all publ, in Leipzig):Die individuelle Klaviertechnik auf der Grundlage des schöpferischen Klangwillens (1930); Die Methodik des individuellen Klavierunterrichts (1934); Grundlage einer deutschen Klavierlehre (1942); Das Klavierkunstwerk (1950).

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire