- Klaus L. Neumann
(b Nuremberg, Oct 13, 1891; d Essen-Werden, June 30, 1947). German composer and teacher. To a large extent self-taught, he was a primary school teacher in Nuremberg from 1912. With the help of Wilhelm Widmann and Anton Hardörfer, he engaged in the study of old music, but eventually became involved in the German youth music movement, which had a lasting influence on his career. He was appointed to a post in Münster in 1925, and then joined the staff of the Essen Folkwangschule in 1927. His best-known composition is Christgeburt, a chamber piece based on old folksongs and incorporating acting, singing and dancing; it has been much performed by the Folkwangschule. In 1949 a Ludwig Weber Society was formed to publish the large quantity of manuscripts he left.
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