German composer and conductor Hans Erich Pfitzner (1869-1949) was an unabashed Romantic, even though over half of his life was spent in the 20th Century. Pfitzner is chiefly noted for two things, his opera Palestrina and being associated with the Nazis. Because of the brilliance of the one and the stain of the other, much of his catalogue was abandoned. Finally, in the late 20th Century, his music began finding champions and was allowed to be heard on its own merits rather than those of its composer.
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Hans Erich Pfitzner
Find a Grave entry with cemetery information and nearby burials, photograph of him and his tomb, and interactive memorials.
Naxos Historical essay follows the development of his artistry and the growth of his career as conductor and composer, noting his conservatism, erstwhile support of National Socialism, and criticism of his peers. With photograph and discography.
Listing with Musicalics summarizes his life using early and mature works and positions. Includes scholars arguing whether and to what extent he may have been a Nazi supporter.
Naxos: Hans Pfitzner
Brief biographical sketch, caricature, summaries of operatic, choral, and vocal music, and discography.
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