Schillings, Max von
- Erik Levi
(b Düren, April 19, 1868; d Berlin, July 24, 1933). German composer, conductor and opera administrator. He learnt the violin, piano and theory in Bonn, before attending the University of Munich, where he studied law, philosophy, literature and art history. There he began a lifelong friendship with Richard Strauss who encouraged him to devote his energies towards a musical career. In 1892 he was appointed assistant stage conductor at Bayreuth, becoming chorus master there ten years later. Gradually he came to be recognized as one of the leading musical figures in Munich, working as composer, conductor and teacher. His reputation was sealed in 1903 when he was appointed Königlicher Professor at Munich, where his pupils included Furtwängler and Heger. In 1908 he became assistant to the Intendant of the Hoftheater in Stuttgart, remaining there for the next ten years. His tenure was marked by several notable performances, including the première of the first version of Strauss’s ...