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German composer, pianist and teacher.

Career Summary

After studying law and economics, Braunfels became a piano pupil of Leschetizky in Vienna. In 1925 he was appointed founding director of the Hochschule for Music in Cologne. He was forced to resign this position in 1933 and moved to Switzerland. After World War II he returned to Cologne and his work with the Hochschule.

Braunfels and the Schenker circle

Braunfels, who was reported to view Schenker's work favorably (e.g. diary December 20, 1927), supported Felix-Eberhard von Cube in his attempt from 1928 to 1931 to establish the teaching of Schenker's theories at the Cologne Hochschule (OJ 5/7a, [18], OJ 9/34, [15], OJ 9/34, [23]), in which Schenker tried in vain to involve Anthony van Hoboken financially (OJ 5/7a, [35], March 28, 1931).

No correspondence between Braunfels and Schenker is known to have existed, but Schenker saw items of correspondence between Braunfels and von Cube. A clipping of his article "Empfindung und Form bei Beethoven" (1921), which mentions Schenker's Erläuterungsausgabe , is preserved as OC 2/p. 58.


  • New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (1980)


  • Ian Bent

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