Eva Gesine Baur

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Eva Gesine Baur 2012 at the Leipzig Book Fair

Eva Gesine Baur (born August 11, 1960 in Munich ) is a German cultural historian and writer . She writes fictional literature, especially novels with a music-historical background, under the pseudonym Lea Singer .


Baur studied art history, literature, musicology and singing in Munich. She received her doctorate in art history in 1984 with a dissertation on studies of French and English children's images in the 18th and 19th centuries . Baur is married to the psychoanalyst and therapist Wilhelm Schmid-Bode; the couple lives in Munich.

She wrote non-fiction biographies on Charlotte Schiller , Frédéric Chopin , Emanuel Schikaneder and Wolfgang Amadé Mozart . She writes novels under her pseudonym Lea Singer, some of which deal with personalities and events in cultural history. Die Zunge (2000) tells of the inventor of the gourmet criticism Grimod de La Reynière, Wahnsinns Liebe (2003) of a tragic triangular story documented in letters and contemporary witness reports between Mathilde Schönberg, her husband, the composer Arnold Schönberg , and the young painter Richard Gerstl , Das nackte Leben (2005), Concert for the Left Hand (2008) by the fate of the pianist Paul Wittgenstein . The work bears the title of the same name after Maurice Ravel's composition for Wittgenstein. In 2015 her book Anatomie der Wolken was published , based on guaranteed encounters between the aging universal genius Johann Wolfgang Goethe and the young, wild romantic Caspar David Friedrich and Goethe's documented destruction of Friedrich's pictures.

In the winter semester 2009/2010 she was a lecturer in poetics at the University of Paderborn .


Even if inner monologues and dialogues have to be invented in these novels, they are based on meticulous research and result in “educationally narrated time travel”. ( Wolfgang Herles , Das Blaue Sofa on May 1st, 2015). Lea Singer, "experienced in working on well-researched historical novels" ( Judith von Sternburg FR), combines the fairy-tale or dramatic of a fate with thorough information for the reader. “Like a fairy tale” wrote ( Sybille Mulot in Der Spiegel on November 12, 2008), Lea Singer describes the story of the “unwavering Paul”, and yet “researched, informative, approach and overview at the same time”; the author plays “skillfully with the knowledge and ignorance of the reader.” This makes her novel, according to Judith von Sternburg, worth reading even for connoisseurs. "But it is also for Goethe readers," she writes about the anatomy of the clouds , "a great pleasure how brightly and concisely Lea Singer gets to grasp him (the cloudy one)". The NDR commented on her working style as follows: "Lea Singer sucks honey out of her research."

In a literary analysis, Norbert Otto Eke describes the virtuoso construction of Verdi's last temptation : the text is "on the one hand exactly [...] in historical memory", but remains as a "piece of art on the other hand a game of possibilities [...] that the generated reality as it were bracketed as fiction. ”On the other hand, Eike Feß complains for the novel Wahnsinns Liebe “ the neglect of central documents on the biographical context ”, which excludes a“ even remotely realistic representation of the story ”.

In the review of the Horowitz novel Der Klavierschüler, the FAZ reviewer attests to the author's good research as well as tact and accuracy in the description of the biographical consequences of socially determined homosexuality.

Honors (selection)

Works (selection)

As Lea Singer

Eva Gesine Baur


Cultural guide

Gastrosophic books




  • Norbert Otto Eke: Lea Singer: closeness at a distance - humilitas and emphasis. In: Alo Allkemper, Norbert Otto Eke, Hartmut Steinecke (ed.): Poetological-Poetic Interventions: Writing Contemporary Literature. Fink, Munich / Paderborn 2012, ISBN 978-3-7705-5406-5 , pp. 403-430.
  • Norbert Otto Eke: Three in the right space. Lea Singer's Verdi's last temptation . In: Kristina Richts, Peter Stadler (ed.): "Well, the old man, I like to pay attention." Festschrift for Joachim Veit on the occasion of his 60th birthday. Allitera, Munich 2016 ISBN 978-3-86906-842-8 , pp. 217-232.
  • Daniela Rippl: Urban landscape and urban awareness. Urban forms of life in contemporary Munich literature. In: Simone Hirmer: Munich reading. Königshausen & Neumann, Würzburg 2008, ISBN 978-3-8260-3789-4 , pp. 247-261 (on Lea Singer: Mandelkern ).
  • Volker Hage: The better truth . In: Der Spiegel . No. 13 , 2013, p. 151 ( online ).

Web links

Commons : Eva Gesine Baur  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. TV report Mozart, Goethe and High Heels. The writer Eva Gesine Baur. By Michael Bauer, in the LIDO series of Bayerischer Rundfunk, 2015.
  2. hoffmann-und-campe.de: press reviews
  3. spiegel.de: Read out: The most important books of the week
  4. Norbert Otto Eke: Three in a tuned room. Lea Singer 's Verdi's last temptation . In: Kristina Richts, Peter Stadler (ed.): "Well, the old man, I like to pay attention." Festschrift for Joachim Veit on the occasion of his 60th birthday. Allitera, Munich 2016.
  5. Eike fez: Arnold Schoenberg and Photography: Reflections of photographic source for valuable objects. In: Eike Feß, Therese Muxeneder (Ed.): Journal of the Arnold Schönberg Center 14/2017. Arnold Schönberg Center, Vienna 2017, pp. 33–50, here: p. 50.
  6. Jan Brachmann: "Sounds of an unlived life" , review in the FAZ on July 16, 2019, accessed on the same date
  7. muenchen.de: Working grants for Munich authors , accessed on August 26, 2018.
  8. Stefanie Steiner on info-netz-musik , September 24, 2011, accessed on October 5, 2014.
  9. Holger Noltze: Musical love trio. In: dradio.de. April 7, 2013, accessed April 16, 2013 .
  10. Claudia Thieße on info-netz-musik , August 31, 2013, accessed on October 5, 2014.
  11. Review: Claudia Niebel on info-netz-musik July 10, 2011; Retrieved October 5, 2014.
  12. Review: Peter Sühring on info-netz-musik May 19, 2012; accessed on September 14, 2014.
  13. Review: Peter Sühring on info-netz-musik August 14, 2014; accessed on September 14, 2014.