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date: 16 July 2020

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  • Horst Seeger


(b Breslau [now Wrocław], Feb 20, 1914). German musicologist, harpsichordist and administrator . In Breslau he studied keyboard instruments with Bronisław von Pozniak and musicology at the university, and worked as a music teacher and concert soloist (1933–9). After war service he joined the staff of the Musikhochschule in Weimar (1946–50), directed the music department of East German radio (1950–54) and held a leading post in the East German Ministry of Culture (1954–62). He took the doctorate at the Humboldt University in 1961 (Die Harmonielehre Jean-Philippe Rameaus, Leipzig, 1963/R), before becoming Intendant of the Staatsoper in East Berlin (1963). His publications include Musik und Musikerziehung in der Geschichte Weimars (Weimar, 1954), Musik in China (Berlin, 1955) and articles (mainly in programmes and daily papers) on J.S. Bach, Wagner, Brecht, Paul Dessau and the political role of culture. As a harpsichordist he played in many European musical capitals and recorded much of Bach's keyboard music, including the violin sonatas with David Oistrakh. His writings and lectures have been published in the collection, ...

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