Schumann, Georg (Alfred)

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Schumann, Georg (Alfred)

Schumann, Georg (Alfred), German conductor and composer, brother of Camillo Schumann; b. Königstein, Oct. 25, 1866; d. Berlin, May 23, 1952. He studied with his father, the town music director, and with his grandfather, a cantor, then took courses in Dresden and at the Leipzig Cons. with Reinecke and Jadassohn; received the Beethoven Prize in 1887. He conducted a choral society in Danzig (1890–96) and the Bremen Phil. (1896–99). In 1900 he settled in Berlin, where he was made conductor of the Singakademie; was made a member of the Akademie der Künste in 1907, teaching a master class in composition (1913–45); was elected its president in 1934.

Works

Zur Karnevalszeit, orch. suite; Liebesfrühling, overture; Lebensfreude, overture; 2 syms.; 2 violin sonatas; 2 piano quintets; Cello Sonata; Piano Trio; Piano Quartet; Ruth, oratorio (1909); other choral works, with Orch.: Amor und Psyche, Totenklage, Sehnsucht, and Das Tranenkrüglein; numerous songs; piano pieces.

Bibliography

P. Hielscher, G. S. (Leipzig, 1906); H. Biehle, G. S. (Münster, 1925).

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire