Wolfram Schwinger

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Walter Wolfram Schwinger (born July 14, 1928 in Dresden ; † February 17, 2011 in Stuttgart ) was a German artistic director , music writer and critic .


Schwinger was born into a family of theologians and had two brothers. He studied musicology in Berlin and also worked as a journalist . He had a particularly close relationship with the conductors Erich and Carlos Kleiber .

In 1954 he received his doctorate with a thesis on Hippolyte Chélard at the Humboldt University . He also wrote a popular George Gershwin biography at the time. In 1960 he went to Hanover as a critic and to Stuttgart in 1964.

As the editor of the Stuttgarter Zeitung , he wrote countless articles. He later acted as the moderator of the morning music lesson on SWDR . In 1979 his monograph on Krzysztof Penderecki was published (second edition in 1994).

In 1975 Schwinger became opera director of the Württemberg State Opera in Stuttgart , and in 1985 also deputy general director. He promoted the renewal of the repertoire with the standard works , but on the other hand initiated performances of the modern with works by Mauricio Kagel , György Ligeti , Bruno Maderna , Aribert Reimann and Wolfgang Rihm .

As directors he pledged Achim Freyer , Harry Kupfer , Axel Manthey , Giancarlo del Monaco , Jean-Pierre Ponnelle , Robert Wilson and Götz Friedrich .

Wolfgang Gönnenwein and Klaus Zehelein caused his departure in 1991. He then worked as an artistic advisor to the Bach Academy .

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Obituary notice in the Stuttgarter Zeitung
  2. Schwinger, Wolfram . In: Brockhaus-Riemann-Musiklexikon . tape 38 . Berlin 2004, ISBN 3-89853-438-3 .

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