Hans Ferdinand Redlich

Composer, pianist and musicologist; born 11 February 1903 in Vienna, died 27 November 1968 in Manchester, UK.


Predominantly known for his considerable contributions to the New Oxford History of Music and the fifth edition of Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, Hans Ferdinand Redlich spent 30 years in the UK after his emigration from Germany in 1939. Born in 1903, he studied piano and composition in his birth town of Vienna until 1921, when he moved to Munich to study composition with Carl Orff. Being the son of Josef Redlich, whose one of many jobs was Austrian Finance Minister, Hans' education was always of the highest quality. Before moving to the UK he worked as a repetiteur at the Berlin-Charlottenburg Opera and opera conductor at Mainz Stadttheater. As both a scholar and a performer, his suitability to musicology roles was evident. He held positions as a lecturer at the universities of Edinburgh, Cambridge and Birmingham.

Links and Sources

Hans Ferdinand Redlich in the University of Hamburg online database of musicians persecuted during the Nazi Period

G. Reaney, 'Hans Ferdinand Redlich in Memoriam', Acta Musicologica, Vol. 42, (July - Dec 1970)

Elsewhere in this resource

Alexander Goehr interview

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