Sunday, February 05, 2012

Of Course, Strauss Knew He was a Lawyer!! Are You Kidding?

Karl Böhm (August 28, 1894, Graz  – August 14, 1981) was an Austrian conductor. He is widely considered to be one of the greatest symphonic and operatic conductors of the 20th century.

The son of a lawyer, Karl Böhm studied law and earned a doctorate on this subject before entering the music conservatory in his home town of Graz, Austria. He later enrolled at the Vienna Conservatory, where he studied under Eusebius Mandyczewski, a friend of Johannes Brahms.


Gary Freedman said...

If you don't watch it, buddy, I just might tell Hitler about this!!

Although suspected by some of being an early sympathizer of the Nazi party, Böhm never became a member. According to British music journalist Norman Lebrecht, in November 1923 Böhm stopped a rehearsal in the Munich opera house in order, reportedly, to watch Adolf Hitler's Beer Hall Putsch. In 1930 he is said to have become angry when his wife was accused by Nazi brownshirts of being Jewish during the premiere of Arnold Schoenberg's opera Von heute auf morgen and to have stated that he would "tell Hitler about this".

Gary Freedman said...

The piece is Strauss's tone poem, Don Juan.

Gary Freedman said...

Lawyers knew that Strauss was a genius!!