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date: 12 April 2021

Ramin, Güntherlocked

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(b Karlsruhe, Oct 15, 1898; d Leipzig, Feb 27, 1956). German organist, choral conductor and composer. He sang in the Thomanerchor at Leipzig as a boy, then studied the organ, the piano and composition at the conservatory there. After frequently deputizing at the Thomaskirche for Karl Straube, his organ teacher, Ramin succeeded him as organist in 1918 (when Straube was promoted to Kantor). From the outset Ramin’s playing was noted for its vitality, stylish interpretation and brilliant technique. In 1920 he also became organist for the Gewandhaus concerts and taught the organ at the conservatory; and from 1923 his style was significantly influenced by the Schnitger organ at the Jacobikirche in Hamburg, on which he gave many recitals. He undertook tours of other European countries, and of the USA, 1933–4. He also became well known as a harpsichordist and song accompanist, and had a varied career as a conductor, directing the Leipzig Lehrergesangverein (...

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