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Berthold Goldschmidt

Berthold Goldschmidt © Dr Derek Goldfoot
Composer and conductor, born 18 January 1903 in Hamburg, died 17 October 1996.


Berthold Goldschmidt studied in Berlin with Franz Schreker. In 1927 he became conductor in Darmstadt, where he worked with the director Carl Ebert. In 1931 he moved to the Städtisches Theater Berlin. In 1932 his opera Der Gewaltige Hahnrei was performed in Mannheim. In 1935 he emigrated to the UK. From 1941 to 1947 he worked for the BBC as Music Director of the German Service. In 1947 he became chorus master at Glyndebourne. Between the 1950s and 1980s he composed very little and grew increasingly disillusioned. In the 1980s interest in his music grew again, and in 1987 he conducted his opera Beatrice Cenci for the first time (It had won a prize in an Arts Council competition during the Festival of Britain in 1951). Since the 1990s his music has been performed more widely, especially in Germany.

Links and Sources 

Berthold Goldschmidt on Desert Island Disks

Berthold Goldschmidt in the University of Hamburg online database of musicians persecuted during the Nazi Period

Berthold Goldschmidt on the website of Boosey & Hawkes

Elsewhere in this resource

Bernard Keeffe interview