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Stresemann grew up in Berlin, attended a grammar school there and initially studied law, as he originally wanted to go into politics following his father Gustav Stresemann ( Reich Chancellor , Foreign Minister , Nobel Peace Prize Laureate ). At the same time he studied music with Jean Paul Ertel (composition, piano) and with Walther Gmeindl (instrumentation, conducting). As early as the 1920s, he was performing as a conductor in Berlin. In the field of law , he did his doctorate with a thesis on "the case law of the cartel court". During his studies in Heidelberg Stresemann became a member of the Rupertia Association . In 1957 he became an honorary member of the Neogermania Berlin and Bonn fraternity .
Because of the Jewish origins of his mother Käte Stresemann - and the fact that the National Socialists who had ruled his father since 1933 had fought his father politically until his death - Wolfgang Stresemann closed all opportunities to perform and work. Under the impression of increasing persecution of the Jews, Stresemann emigrated with his family to the USA in 1939. There he worked as assistant to Bruno Walter and from 1949 as chief conductor of the orchestra of Toledo (Ohio) , also as a music critic.
In June 1953 Stresemann conducted the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra for the first time . On August 18, 1953, he married the American pianist Mary Jean Athay (1924–2007) in Munich. In 1956 he finally returned to Berlin and was initially director of the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra until 1959 .
From 1959 to 1978 and again provisionally from 1984 to 1986 Stresemann was director of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and thus the man behind Herbert von Karajan .
In his retirement he developed a late career as a writer.
- The case law of the Cartel Court. Dissertation. Erlangen 1929
Philharmonic and Philharmonic. Stapp. Berlin 1977 ISBN 3-87776-518-1
- English edition under the title: The Berlin Philharmonic from Bülow to Karajan. Stapp. Berlin 1979 ISBN 3-87776-518-1 . Translated by Jean Stresemann
- My father Gustav Stresemann. Bitter. Munich 1979 ISBN 3-7766-0974-5
- ... and in the evening at the Philharmonie: memories of great conductors. Crystal at Langen-Müller. Munich 1981 ISBN 3-607-00045-X
“The Twelve”: from the triumphal march of the 12 cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic. Atlantis music book publisher. Zurich 1982 ISBN 3-7611-0652-1 .
- 2nd, supplemented edition 1990 ISBN 3-254-00159-1
- A lance for Felix Mendelssohn. Stapp. Berlin 1984 ISBN 3-87776-275-1
- Weimar, eyewitness to German fateful years. (Lecture.) Robert Bosch Foundation. Stuttgart 1986
- How did it happen? Hitler's rise in the memory of a contemporary witness. Ullstein. Berlin, Frankfurt 1987 ISBN 3-550-07981-8
- A strange man ...: memories of Herbert von Karajan. Ullstein. Frankfurt, Berlin 1991 ISBN 3-550-06508-6
- Times and sounds: a life between music and politics. Ullstein. Frankfurt, Berlin 1994 ISBN 3-550-07061-6
- Symphony (manuscript), premiered in Berlin by Max von Schillings
- Chamber music
- Three songs for voice and pianoforte, op. 5. (Bote & Bock, 1927) and other song settings
- Wolfgang Stresemann . In: Werner Grünzweig , Christiane Niklew (Hrsg.): Archives for the music of the 20th century . tape 9 , 2004, ISBN 978-3-936000-22-1 .
- Controversial concert hall . In: Berliner Zeitung , August 20, 1994; to the book Times and Sounds .
- A gentleman with a high sense of duty . In: Berliner Zeitung , November 9, 1998; obituary
- A gentleman and diplomat on the smooth orchestra floor . In: The world ; obituary
- Helge Dvorak: Biographical Lexicon of the German Burschenschaft. Volume II: Artists. Winter, Heidelberg 2018, ISBN 978-3-8253-6813-5 , pp. 671-672.
- Literature by and about Wolfgang Stresemann in the catalog of the German National Library
- Works by and about Wolfgang Stresemann in the German Digital Library
- Wolfgang Stresemann Archive in the Archive of the Academy of Arts, Berlin
- Wolfgang Stresemann in conversation with Walther Schmieding , in the series Witnesses of the Century , laid out in the Gedächtnis der Nation project ( Interview - 23 September 1979 - duration 44:19 minutes).
- Wolfgang Stresemann , Internationales Biographisches Archiv 09/1999 of February 22, 1999, in the Munzinger Archive , accessed on May 8, 2017 ( beginning of the article freely available)
- Kürschner's German Musicians Calendar 1954 . de Gruyter, Berlin 1954, col. 1316
|ALTERNATIVE NAMES||Stresemann, Wolfgang Gert|
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||German lawyer, book author, orchestra director, conductor and composer|
|DATE OF BIRTH||July 20, 1904|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Dresden|
|DATE OF DEATH||November 6, 1998|
|Place of death||Berlin|