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Hans Münch (Conductor)

Born: March 9, 1893 - Mulhouse, Alsace, France
Died: September 7, 1983 - Basel, Switzerland

The Alsatian-born Swiss conductor and composer, Hans Münch, was born to a family of musicians. His father, Eugen Munch, was a conductor. His uncle was the Alsatian organist and choral conductor Ernst Münch (1859-1928). After studying with Albert Schweitzer, he settled in Basel in 1912 and became a naturalized Swiss citizen. He took courses with Hans Huber (composition), Adolf Hamm (organ), and Emil Braun (cello) at the Conservatory.

Hans Münch played cello in the city orchestra from 1914 to 1916. Then he taught piano at the Conservatory from 1918 to 1932, and conducted the Bach Choir from 1921 to 1926. Subsequently he led the Gesangverein and the Liedertafel, was conductor of the Allgemeine Musikgesellschaft from 1935 to 1966 (Chief Conductor of Sinfonieorchester Basel from 1935 to 1947), and served as director of the Music School and Conservatory from 1935 to 1947. He composed a Symphony (1951), Sympbonische Improvisationen (1971), and several cantatas.

 

Source: Baker’s Biographical Dictionary of 20th Century Classical Musicians (1997)
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (August 2006; November 2010)

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