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Leo Blech.

Leo Blech (April 21, 1871 – August 25, 1958) was a German opera composer and conductor who is perhaps most famous for his work at the Königliches Schauspielhaus (later the Berlin State Opera (Staatsoper Unter den Linden) from 1906 to 1937, and later as the conductor of Berlin's Städtische Oper from 1949 to 1953. Blech was known for his reliable, clear, and elegant performances, especially of works by Wagner, Verdi, and Bizet's Carmen (which he conducted over 600 times), and for his sensitivity as an accompanist.

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Early life and education

Blech was born to a Jewish family in Aachen, Rhenish Prussia. After attending the Hochschule in Berlin where he studied piano with Ernst Rudorff and composition from Woldemar Bargiel he took private lessons with Engelbert Humperdinck.

Career

After working briefly in sales, Blech earned a position as conductor at the Stadttheater in Aachen in 1893. From 1899 to 1906, he conducted at the Neues Deutsches Theater in Prague, before moving to the Königliches Schauspielhaus in Berlin. In 1913 he was promoted to General Music Director. Between 1923 and 1926, Blech took various positions at opera houses in Berlin and Vienna, including the Deutsches Opernhaus, the Berlin Volksoper, and the Vienna Volksoper. In 1926 he returned to the Schauspielhaus, now called the Staatsoper Unter den Linden, where he remained until Adolf Hitler's anti-semitic policies forced him into exile in Riga in 1937. During and after World War II, Blech conducted at the Royal Opera in Stockholm. In 1949 he returned to Berlin to conduct at the Städtische Oper, where he worked until 1953.

Compositions

  • Aglaja (opera, 1893)
  • Cherubina (opera, 1894)
  • Rappelkopf (opera, unperformed)
  • Gavotte for cello and piano Op.10b 1902
  • Das war ich (opera, Dresden 1902, text from R. Batka)
  • Alpenkönig und Menschenfeind (reworking of opera from Raimund, Dresden 1903)
  • Aschenbroedel (opera, Prague 1905)
  • Versiegelt (opera, Hamburg 1908)
  • Die Strohwitwe (operetta, Hamburg 1920)
  • Von den Englein (female chorus)
  • Sommernacht

Blech also composed orchestral works, choral works, chamber works, and songs.

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Leo Blech (21 April 1871 – 25 August 1958) was a German opera composer and conductor who is perhaps most famous for his work at the Königliches Schauspielhaus (later the Berlin State Opera (Staatsoper Unter den Linden) from 1906 to 1937, and later as the conductor of Berlin's Städtische Oper from 1949 to 1953. Blech was known for his reliable, clear, and elegant performances, especially of works by Wagner, Verdi, and Bizet's Carmen (which he conducted over 600 times), and for his sensitivity as an accompanist.

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Early life and education

Blech was born to a Jewish family in Aachen, Rhenish Prussia. After attending the Hochschule in Berlin where he studied piano with Ernst Rudorff and composition from Woldemar Bargiel he took private lessons with Engelbert Humperdinck.

Career

After working briefly in sales, Blech earned a position as conductor at the Stadttheater in Aachen in 1893. From 1899 to 1906, he conducted at the Neues Deutsches Theater in Prague, before moving to the Königliches Schauspielhaus in Berlin. In 1913 he was promoted to General Music Director. Between 1923 and 1926, Blech took various positions at opera houses in Berlin and Vienna, including the Deutsches Opernhaus, the Berlin Volksoper, and the Vienna Volksoper. In 1926 he returned to the Schauspielhaus, now called the Staatsoper Unter den Linden, where he remained until Adolf Hitler's anti-semitic policies forced him into exile in Riga in 1937. During and after World War II, Blech conducted at the Royal Opera in Stockholm. In 1949 he returned to Berlin to conduct at the Städtische Oper, where he worked until 1953.

Compositions

  • Aglaja (opera, 1893)
  • Cherubina (opera, 1894)
  • Rappelkopf (opera, unperformed)
  • Gavotte for cello and piano Op.10b 1902
  • Das war ich (opera, Dresden 1902, text from R. Batka)
  • Alpenkönig und Menschenfeind (reworking of opera from Raimund, Dresden 1903)
  • Aschenbroedel (opera, Prague 1905)
  • Versiegelt (opera, Hamburg 1908)
  • Die Strohwitwe (operetta, Hamburg 1920)
  • Von den Englein (female chorus)
  • Sommernacht

Blech also composed orchestral works, choral works, chamber works, and songs.

External links


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