Erich Valentin (musicologist)

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Erich Valentin (born November 27, 1906 in Strasbourg ; † March 16, 1993 in Bad Aibling ) was a German musicologist .


Valentin, the son of a post office clerk, studied musicology at the University of Munich from 1925 and received his doctorate in 1928 with his dissertation The Development of the Tokkata in the 17th and 18th Centuries . In 1931 he published the first independent Telemann biography on the occasion of the 250th birthday of Georg Philipp Telemann . From 1928 to 1935 he was a teacher at the music education seminar in Magdeburg and music correspondent for various magazines, after which he worked as a critic and music writer in Munich until 1939. In 1935 he proved to be a loyal supporter of the Nazi regime when he wrote music history as an educational factor in an article : "The educational ideal of the new state, like its political goal, is totality".

According to the information provided by the Reichsmusikkammer and his name file, Valentin was a member of the NSDAP , but his name is missing in the central file of the NSDAP. During the time of National Socialism, Valentin published various works on music history, such as Richard Wagner in 1937 . Meaning of time and work or 1939 Hans Pfitzner, a German and 1940 Eternal sounding sage - a book about the essence and development of German music .

After the annexation of Austria , he was appointed teacher at the Mozarteum in Salzburg in 1939 , where he became a lecturer in musicology and head of the Central Institute for Mozart Research. He was also general secretary of the International Mozarteum Foundation. In 1944 he was drafted into the Wehrmacht .

After the end of the Second World War, Valentin first lived in Mammendorf near Fürstenfeldbruck . From 1946 to 1947 he was a teacher at the Burg Sternberg / Lippe home school, and from 1949 to 1953 he was a lecturer at the Detmold Music Academy . In addition, he was editor-in-chief of the magazine for music since 1949 . In 1953 he was appointed associate professor for musicology at the University of Music in Munich and in 1955 was appointed full professor.

In the German Democratic Republic , Valentine's book Eternally Sounding Wise. A reading book on the essence and development of German music (Bosse, Regensburg 1940) was placed on the list of literature to be sorted out. Valentin was a founding member of the Society for Bavarian Music History in 1957 .

From 1963 until his retirement in 1972, Valentin was director of the Munich Conservatory. In 1965 he became chairman of the music committee of the Bavarian Singers Association. Since May 1978 he lived in retirement in Bad Aibling, where he died in 1993 at the age of 86.


Fonts (selection)

  • Handbook of musical instrumentation. Gustav Bosse, Regensburg 1954.

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Individual evidence

  1. a b c d e f g Fred K. Prieberg : Handbook of German Musicians 1933–1945 , CD-Rom-Lexikon, Kiel 2004, p. 7.337.
  2. ^ Quotation from Ernst Klee : Das Kulturlexikon zum Third Reich. Who was what before and after 1945. S. Fischer, Frankfurt am Main 2007, ISBN 978-3-10-039326-5 , p. 628.
  4. ^ Society for Bavarian Music History eV In: , August 29, 2014. Accessed July 5, 2017.
  5. ^ Inscription Deutschordenshof, passage: Erich Valentin 1971 (accessed June 7, 2014)