Hans Joachim Moser

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Hans Joachim Moser (born May 25, 1889 in Berlin ; † August 14, 1967 ibid) was a German musicologist, composer, singer and writer on musical topics, including fiction.


Moser was the son of the music professor Andreas Moser (1859–1925). In 1907 he graduated from the Berlin humanistic Bismarck High School . He studied music history (among others with Gustav Jenner and Robert Kahn ), German and philosophy in Marburg , Berlin and Leipzig and with his father the violin. With the work The Musicians' Cooperatives in the German Middle Ages he received his doctorate in Rostock in 1910 . During his studies he sang in the choir of the St. Pauli Leipzig choir .

He took part in the First World War as a lieutenant , completed his habilitation in 1919 at the University of Halle and became an associate professor in 1922. He became a member of the Salia Halle singers . In 1925 he followed a call to Heidelberg . From 1927 to 1933 he succeeded Carl Thiel as director of the State Academy for Church and School Music in Berlin. At the same time he received an honorary professorship at the University of Berlin .

In 1933 Moser lost his honorary professorship at Berlin University. According to Nazi researcher Michael Grüttner, this had no political reasons. Moser was accused, as director of the State Academy, to have given students, with whom he had an intimate relationship, advantages: "He had confidants removed from the academy".

Despite the existing ban on membership , he was admitted to the NSDAP with effect from April 1, 1936 ( membership number 3,751,261). In 1938 Moser became deputy head of the Reich Office for Music Arrangements in the Reich Ministry for Public Enlightenment and Propaganda ; from 1940 to 1945 he was its general secretary. Under his aegis, the Reich Office also commissioned the “Aryanization” of Georg Friedrich Handel's oratorios from 1940 . In the period from 1938 to 1940 Moser also wrote Germania for the SS magazine . From 1944 he published in Rosenberg's magazine Musik im Kriege .

Moser received a professorship at the University of Jena in 1947 , but was dismissed after two months for his work in the Propaganda Ministry. From 1950 to 1960 Moser worked as director at the municipal conservatory in West Berlin. In 1963 he was awarded the Mozart Medal by the Mozart Community in Vienna .

Moser wrote studies on numerous composers, such as Paul Hofhaimer , Heinrich Schütz and Johann Sebastian Bach, as well as studies on the German song since Mozart . In the 1920s he published a three-volume history of German music that was published several times . After the Second World War, Moser wrote a history of Protestant church music in Germany and numerous biographical treatises, such as B. the history of music in 100 life pictures . His music lexicon had four editions by 1955. Its 2nd edition from 1943 is strongly permeated by National Socialist ideas (people are identified as (j.) Or (hj.) In accordance with the Nuremberg race laws; Offenbach is said to have had effects with the instinct of his race; Mahler's 10 symphonies had been grossly overestimated pro-Jewish and had banal inventions and idle lengths). In the 3rd edition of the Musik-Lexikon (1951) such attributions have been removed. The pictures of life (Reclam 1958), however, show his still völkisch thinking, for example in the article on Mozart: “In the south-alienated world of Salzburg (from which shortly before thousands of popularly conscious Protestans had been expelled) he gradually gained a German attitude and contributed to the international reputation of our music decisive factor. ". Furthermore, the book Die Musik der deutschen Stämme (1957) , which is in the tradition of the Germanist Josef Nadler , was published . Moser was the reworker of the Monuments of German Sound Art (DDT).

Moser's compositional oeuvre includes piano pieces, songs, theatrical music and choral works.

Hans Joachim Moser died in Berlin in mid-August 1967 at the age of 78. The burial took place in the state-owned cemetery Heerstraße in today's Berlin-Westend district . The grave has not been preserved.


Moser was married twice. After two children from his first marriage, he and his second wife Dorothea born. Duffing four children, including the singer Edda Moser (* 1938) and the cellist Kai Moser (* 1944). The sons Dietz-Rüdiger Moser (1939-2010), folklorist and literary scholar, and Wolf-Hildebrand Moser (* 1943), opera singer (tenor), come from the connection with Hanna Walch (1910-2004), with whom Hans Joachim Moser does not was married. Hanna Walch was the great-granddaughter of Clara Schumann .


  • Music lexicon. 2nd edition, Max Hesses Verlag, Berlin 1943. archive.org
  • together with Fred Quellmalz: Folk songs of the 15th century from St. Blasien . In: Folklore gifts. John Meier offered on his seventieth birthday, Berlin: de Gruyter 1934, pp. 146–156.


  • Dagmar Droysen-ReberMoser, Hans Joachim. In: New German Biography (NDB). Volume 18, Duncker & Humblot, Berlin 1997, ISBN 3-428-00199-0 , pp. 191-193 ( digitized version ).
  • Ludwig Finscher : Moser, Hans Joachim. In: The music in past and present , ed. by Ludwig Finscher, 2nd revised edition, personal section, vol. 12. Bärenreiter / Metzler, Kassel et al. 2004, Col. 528f.
  • Ute Lemm : Musicology in West Germany after 1945. Analyzes and interpretations of discursive constellations . Univ. Diss., Bonn 2005 ( full text )
  • Heinz Wegener (collaboration): Festive ceremony for Hans Joachim Moser on his 65th birthday . Hinnenthal, Kassel 1954 (with 91-page bibliography)
  • Harald Lönnecker : The propagation of the German with Hans Joachim Moser and Joseph Maria Müller-Blattau. In: Sabine Mecking, Yvonne Wasserloos (Ed.): Inclusion and Exclusion. "German" Music in Europe and North America 1848–1945 , Göttingen 2016, pp. 171–194.
  • Moser, Hans Joachim , in: Friedhelm Golücke : Author's lexicon for student and university history. SH-Verlag, Cologne 2004, ISBN 3-89498-130-X . Pp. 234-235.

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Individual evidence

  1. ^ Die kleine Enzyklopädie , Encyclios-Verlag, Zurich, 1950, Volume 2, page 202
  2. See also the entry of Hans Joachim Moser's matriculation in the Rostock matriculation portal
  3. Michael Grüttner , Sven Kinas: “The expulsion of scientists from German universities 1933–1945”, in: Vierteljahrshefte für Zeitgeschichte 55 (2007), vol. I, p. 133 u. 158 ( PDF ).
  4. Fred K. Prieberg : Handbook of German Musicians 1933–1945 , CD-Rom-Lexikon, Kiel 2004, p. 4686.
  5. ^ Ernst Klee : The culture 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. 417.
  6. ^ Inscription Deutschordenshof, Singerstraße: Hans Joachim Moser 1963 (accessed on June 10, 2014)
  7. digitized version
  8. Hans-Joachim Moser. Musicologist, writer . Short biography at http://www.berlin.friedparks.de/ . Retrieved November 26, 2019.