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date: 17 October 2019

Zur Mühlen, Raimund von locked

  • John Warrack

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(b Livonia, Nov 10, 1854; d Steyning, Sussex, Dec 9, 1931). German tenor and teacher . He studied at the Berlin Hochschule, then with Julius Stockhausen in Frankfurt and with Romain Bussine in Paris. This was followed by a special course of study of Schumann's and Schubert's songs with Clara Schumann. He first sang in London in 1882, later settling in England and becoming a very successful teacher, in London from 1905 and in Sussex from 1925. He was responsible for introducing the Liederabend, bringing the idea to England and giving Schubert a prominent place in the programmes. ‘His voice is peculiar and sympathetic’, wrote Grove, ‘but what gives Zur Mühlen's singing its chief charm is the remarkable clearness of his pronunciation, and the way in which he contrives to identify the feeling of the words with the music, to an extent which the writer has never heard equalled’....

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G. Grove, ed.: A Dictionary of Music and Musicians (1878, 1880, 1883, 1899)