Suter, Hermann

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Suter, Hermann

Suter, Hermann, distinguished Swiss conductor, pedagogue, and composer; b. Kaiserstuhl, April 28, 1870; d. Basel, June 22, 1926. He was a pupil of his father, an organist and precentor in Laufenberg, then studied with Hans Huber and Alfred Glaus in Basel; also took courses at the Stuttgart Cons, with Faisst and at the Leipzig Cons. (1888-91) with Reinecke and Homey er. From 1892 to 1902 he conducted various Swiss choral groups, then settled in Basel as conductor of the Gesangverein (1902-25), the Liedertafel (1902-25), and the Allgemeine Musikgesellschaft sym. concerts (1902-26). He taught at the Zürich Cons. (1896-1902) and was director of the Basel Cons. (1918-21). He wrote a Sym., a Violin Concerto (1924), an oratorio, Le Laudi di S. Francesco d’Assisi (1925), 3 string quartets (1901, 1910, 1921), a String Sextet (1921), songs, piano pieces, and organ music.


W. Merian, H. S.: Der Dirigent und der Komponist (Basel, 1936).

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