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Paul Dessau

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Birthday
19, 1894
Birthplace
Germany
Death Date
Jun 28, 1979 (84)
Birth Sign
Sagittarius
Birthday
19, 1894
Birthplace
Germany
Death Date
Jun 28, 1979 (84)

About

Wrote operas, ballets, and symphonies, as well as propaganda music produced by the German Democratic Republic. He based his oratorio "Hagadah shel Pessach" on a libretto by Max Brod.

Before Fame

He majored in violin at the Klindworth-Scharwenka Conservatory in Berlin, beginning in 1909. He was a répétiteur at Hamburg's City Theatre in 1912.

Trivia

He was vice president of the Deutsche Akademie der Künste from 1957 until 1962.

Family Life

His family was musical, with his grandfather serving as a cantor and his uncle working as a concertmaster at the Royal Opera House. His cousin was the well-known operetta composer Jean Gilbert. He married choreographer Ruth Berghaus in 1954.

Associated With

He served as Kapellmeister at Cologne's opera house under Otto Klemperer from 1919 until 1923.