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Siegmund-Schultze, Walther

Siegmund-Schultze, Walther

Siegmund-Schultze, Walther, German musicologist; b. Schweinitz, July 6, 1916; d. Halle, March 6, 1993. He studied musicology with Arnold Schmitz at the Univ. of Breslau (Ph.D., 1940, with the diss. Mozarts Vokal- und Instrumentalmusik in ihren motivisch-thematischen Beziehungen); he completed his Habilitation at the Univ. of Halle with his Untersuchungen zum Brahms Stil und Brahms Bild in 1951. In 1954 he became a lecturer at the Univ. of Halle; in 1956 he was made a prof. of musicology, director of the musicological faculty, and dean of the philosophy faculty. He was noted for his studies of 18lh-century music; his analysis of the styles of Bach, Handel, and Mozart is interesting as an example of Marxist theories applied to music.

Writings

Die Musik Bachs (Leipzig, 1953); Georg Friedrich Händel: leben und Werk (Leipzig, 1954; third ed., 1962); Mozarts Melodik und Stil: Eine Studie (Leipzig, 1957); Lehrbriefe für das Fernstudium: Die Musik der Klassik (Halle, 1964); Georg Friedrich Händel: Thema mit 20 Variationen (Halle, 1965); Die Hauptvertreter der bürgerlichen Musikkultur im 20. Jahrhundert (Halle, 1966–67); Johannes Brahms: Eine Biographie (Leipzig, 1966; second ed., 1974); Die Musik der sozialistischen Länder (ausser DDR) (Halle, 1967); Ziele und Aufgaben der sozialistischen Musikerziehung (Leipzig, 1967; third ed., 1975); Die Bach-Händel-Epoche (Halle, 1968); Das Musikschaffen der DDR (Halle, 1969); Ludwig van Beethoven: Eine Biographie (Leipzig, 1975; second ed., 1977); Johann Sebastian Bach (Leipzig, 1976); Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, 1756–1791: Eine kleine Biographie gewidmet allen Freunden von Michaelstein im Mozartjahr 1991 (Michaelstein, 1991).

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire

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