Max Schoenherr: Austrian National Anthem #
Right from the beginnings of public broadcasting in
Austria, the conductor, Max Schoenherr (1903
Marburg/Drau - 1984 Baden bei Vienna), who originally
came from the musical theater, was known for his
transcriptions of light classical music which remained
true to the original while suiting them to realistic
performance conditions. As an internationally accepted
composer with a reputation for high moral standards
because of his attitude towards the Nazis, he was chosen
to write a transcription of Mozart's
melody for the
Austrian National Anthem (Example). His own music
tends toward smphonic entertainment; atonality was a
problem for him, as an expert on the media. His
activities as a young conductor (Fig. a: Max
Schönherr as a young man) covered all musical forms.
After WWII, he was sought after mainly for his expert
knowledge about light classical music and after retiring,
he finished a degree in musicology. Fig. b shows
the conductor in the Golden Hall of the Society of the
Friends of Music in Vienna (Wiener Musikvereinssaal). (M.
© Sound: 1948, Schönherr-Archiv, Interpreten: Großes Wiener Unterhaltungsorchester, Max Schönherr (Leitung).
© Pictures: Elisabeth Schönherr