Fromm, Paul Jakob
- Gary Galván
(b Kitzingen, Bavaria, Germany, Sept 28, 1906; d Chicago, IL, July 4, 1987). American wine merchant, writer on music, and philanthropist of German birth. Born into a family of vintners, Paul Fromm took music lessons and played four-hand piano duets with his brother, composer Herbert Fromm (1905–95), as a child. Fromm attended the annual contemporary music festivals in Donaueschingen between 1921 and 1926, where he heard the chamber music of composers such as Paul Dessau, Hanns Eisler, Alois Hába, Paul Hindemith, Arnold Schoenberg, and Igor Stravinsky, among others. Fromm reported that a 1927 performance of The Rite of Spring in Frankfurt “made a 20th-century man of me.”
When Fromm entered the family business, N. Fromm Ltd. was recognized as the largest, most important wine merchant in Bavaria and a leading company in Germany. The firm was so important to the local economy that when Fromm’s father, Max, was taken to a concentration camp in ...