Norbert von Hannenheim


Born: 1898   Died: 1945   Country: Germany   Period: 20th Century
Norbert von Hannenheim was born in Nagyszeben, Romania, now known as Sibiu in 1898. In 1922 and 1923 he studied music in Graz, Austria and subsequently studied with Paul Graener in Leipzig. Drawn to the 12 tone technique of composition, Hannenheim enrolled in Arnold Schoenberg's Master Class in Composition at the Akademie der Künste in Berlin from 1929 to 1932. Schoenberg referred to Hannenheim as "one of the most interesting personalities I have Read more ever met". Hannenheim composed numerous works in his own personal style of expression. He eventually created a Symphony which was premiered at concert of music by Schoenberg's pupils on May 20th, 1930 sharing a program with pieces by Winfried Zillig and Nikos Skalkottas. As Nazism grew along with antisemitism and the banning of modern music, Schoenberg, Hindemith and numerous other artists left Germany. Remaining in Berlin during the war, Hannenheim suffered from psychological problems. Due to the chaotic situation in 1945, the final year of the war, his fate is uncertain and it is believed he either perished in an Allied air raid on Berlin or died in a Berlin psychiatric hospital. In recent years, songs, piano sonatas and chamber works by Norbert von Hannenheim have been discovered. Read less
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