Georg Schünemann

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Georg Schünemann (born March 13, 1884 in Berlin ; † January 2, 1945 there ) was a German musicologist .


Schünemann, the son of a rector was, after his musical studies in 1907 with his thesis on the history of conducting his doctorate . After his habilitation in 1919, he became professor, deputy director in 1920 and director of the Berlin University of Music in 1932. As an employee of Leo Kestenberg , he was involved in the reorganization of school and private music education.

After the takeover of the Nazis he was appointed as director of the University of denunciations "on leave"; but immediately afterwards became head of the state musical instrument collection. From 1935 he was director of the music department of the Prussian State Library . Since 1936 Schünemann was co-editor of the journal Archive for Music Research . Schünemann had been a member of the NSDAP civil servants' working group since March 1933 . After he had submitted a new translation of Mozart's opera Die Hochzeit des Figaro in 1940 , he became deputy chairman of the Reich Agency for Music Arrangements , a subdivision of the Reich Ministry for Public Enlightenment and Propaganda . During the Second World War he also worked in the main music department of the Rosenberg Office and, for a short time, in the task force of Reichsleiter Rosenberg .

Schünemann also translated the Don Giovanni libretto into German. With his text the opera a. a. 1961 performed at the Deutsche Oper Berlin by Carl Ebert with Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau , Elisabeth Grümmer and Josef Greindl .

He found his final resting place in the south-west cemetery Stahnsdorf in the original Urnenhain III, field 12, garden area 6.


  • History of Conducting (1913)
  • History of German School Music (1928)
  • Music Education I (1930)
  • History of piano music (1940)
  • The Singakademie zu Berlin . 1791–1941 , Bosse , Regensburg (1941).


  • Heike Elftmann: Georg Schünemann (1884 - 1945): musician, educator, scientist and organizer. A description of the situation in Berlin's musical life , Studio, Sinzig 2001, ISBN 3-89564-061-1

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Individual evidence

  1. a b c d Fred K. Prieberg : Handbook of German Musicians 1933–1945 , CD-Rom-Lexikon, Kiel 2004, p. 6.446.
  2. ^ A b Ernst Klee : The cultural lexicon for the Third Reich. Who was what before and after 1945. S. Fischer, Frankfurt am Main 2007, ISBN 978-3-10-039326-5 , p. 551.
  3. Fred K. Prieberg : Handbook of German Musicians 1933–1945 , p. 6.448.