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Hamburg-based pianist, teacher, and composer.

Ilse Fromm studied piano at the Berlin Musikhochschule 1902‒05, and then piano with Kwast and composition with Pfitzner at the Stern Conservatory in Berlin 1905‒08. She worked as a concert pianist from 1908. In 1915 she married Walter Michaels, a district judge. The majority of her compositions comprise solo piano works, chamber music and songs. Under the Nuremberg Race Laws she was banned from performing and from publishing her compositions, but continued teaching. After World War II she taught a class of piano pupils at the Musikhochschule Hamburg. In 1964 she was awarded the City of Hamburg's Johannes Brahms medal.

In correspondence with Schenker in 1934, Oswald Jonas refers variously to "Fromm-Michaels" (OC 44/9), "Frau Michaels" (OJ 12/6, [30]), and "Frau Fromm" (OJ 12/6, [39]), for one of whose classes he gave a lecture or lectures.


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  • OJ 12/6, [30] Handwritten letter from Jonas to Schenker, dated March 16, 1934

    Jonas has mailed off the book [to his publisher]; he hopes that Schenker will approve of it [when eventually he sees it]. It comprises four chapters and two appendices. — He thanks Schenker for the gift of his Syrian Dances. — The Director of the Hochschule für Musik in Berlin, Fritz Stein, has written that he cannot arrange a position for Jonas, whereas Jonas (with support from Furtwängler) had sought only students to whom to give [private] lessons. — Jonas alludes to difficult conditions under which he is working, and describes his conflict with piano teacher Georg Bertram. — Relations with van Hoboken are strained, despite Jonas's having included an appendix about the Photogrammarchiv in his book.