Tag Archive: Music and Musicians

Otto Klemperer, Conductor, 1885-1973

"Max Kowalski, In Memoriam," signed photograph of Otto Klemperer from the Max Kowalski Collection.

Though the conductor Otto Klemperer’s career in the United States lasted just six years before complications from an unnecessary surgery forced him temporarily from the podium, he had an enormous impact on classical music in America.

Arnold Schoenberg, Composer, 1874 –1951

Drawing by Emil Orlik

Arnold Schoenberg is recognized as one of the most important composers of the 20th century, and he appears again and again as a correspondent and topic of discussion in the papers of prominent musicians in the LBI archives.

Ludwig Misch, Musicologist, 1887–1967

Ludwig Misch directing the Jewish Madrigals Association in Berlin.

The papers of the musicologist Ludwig Misch in the LBI archives tell a remarkable story about both the legacy of German-Jewish musicians and composers and the hardships Misch endured during his extraordinary survival of World War II in Berlin.

Bruno Walter, Conductor, 1876 – 1962

Bruno Walter, Conductor, 1876 - 1962

Bruno Walter’s career spanned nearly seven decades on both sides of the Atlantic and provided the blueprint for the role of the conductor as an interpreter of music. Starting with his mentor Gustav Mahler’s late works, Walter left an enduring stamp on the way that works by Mozart, Wagner, and other composers are performed.