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German conductor, also composer of six symphonies, three violin concertos, one piano concerto, chamber operas, choral music, and Lieder with orchestral accompaniment.

Career Summary

Hermann Wunsch, born in the Rhineland, studied at the conservatories of Krefeld, Düsseldorf, Cologne, and the Hochschule für Musik in Berlin. He subsequently worked as director of music, teacher, and organist in Switzerland, served during World War I on the eastern front, and later returned to the Berlin Hochschule in 1945 as a professor.

Wunsch and Schenker

In January 1924, Schenker awarded him one of the stipends for impecunious musicians created in her will by Sofie Deutsch. There was no apparent contact between the two men before that time.

Correspondence between Wunsch and Schenker

Two letters from Wunsch to Schenker are preserved as OJ 15/31 (1924) together with a clipping of an article on Wunsch.


  • Baker's 1971
  • MGG
  • Schumacher, Karl, "Hermann Wunsch, ein rheinischer Musiker, " Rheinische Musik- und Theater-Zeitung XXV/7-8, Feb 23, 1921, pp. 38–9 [= OJ 15/31, [2]]


  • Ian Bent

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