Max Gebhard (musician)

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Max Gebhard (* 28. March 1896 in Dinkelsbühl , † 1978 ) was an in Franconia and Swabia active church musician , composer and music educator .


Gebhard was director of the Nuremberg Conservatory from 1934 to 1945 during the National Socialist era and became a member of the NSDAP . On the occasion of the Nazi party rally in 1934, he wrote a festive hymn for mixed choir, boys' choir and orchestra on behalf of the city for the reception of the Führer , which he conducted himself in the historic hall of the town hall.

After the end of the Second World War he worked as a freelance musician for a few years, from 1949 until his retirement in 1961 again at the Nuremberg Conservatory.

His younger brothers Hans and Ludwig were also musicians. The Gebhard Brothers School in Dinkelsbühl is named after them.

Compositions (selection)

  • Germany: The Reich will never be ruined , 1936
  • Eternal Germany , 1937
  • You have to believe in Germany , 1944
  • Cantata "Lord, send what you want"


  • Frank / Altmann : Concise Tonkünstler Lexicon (continued by Burchard Bulling, Florian Noetzel, Helmut Rösner), Heinrichshofen's Verlag, Wilhelmshaven 1974
  • Clemens Wachter: Gebhard, Max , in: Nürnberger Künstlerlexikon , 2007, p. 453f.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Max Gnugesser-Mair: Critique of the embellished and abridged presentation of numerous artist biographies from the Nazi era in the Nuremberg Artist Lexicon , 2016 (Review by Manfred H. Grieb (ed.): Nürnberger Künstlerlexikon, 2007 )
  2. The music. Monthly. Official organ of the Nazi cultural community , November 2, 1934