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Theodor Hausmann

Theodor Hausmann was born on 9 December 1880 in Elberfeld (Germany). After school he first worked as a merchant but switched to music in 1913. He first studied under W. Franke and Hermann Unger in Cologne and later - after World War I - under Julius Weismann in Freiburg, Joseph Haas in Munich and Hermann Grabner in Leipzig. After his studies Theodor Hausmann fulfilled the position of a Kapellmeister at different orchestras in Remscheid, Jeking and finally Heidelberg.

Theodor Hausmann died in Weinheim (Germany) in 1972.


Among the compositions by Theodor Hausmann are:

  • String quartet op.9
  • Vier Lieder op.10, for voice and piano
  • "Neun Klavierstücke für die Jugend" op.15, for piano
  • Violin sonata op.16
  • "Drei Lieder" op.27, for voice and piano
  • "4 Chöre", op.23, for unison boy's chorus and four-part men's chorus
  • Cello sonata op.30
  • Variations on the folksong "Weißt du wieviel Sternlein stehen" op.31, for piano
  • "Drei Stücke im Volkston" op.32, for cello and piano
  • String trio op.34
  • "Musik im Schlosshof" op.41, for string orchestra

as well as a book on piano education titled "Schule der Treffsicherheit".



In my possession is the autograph manuscript of the full score as well as the cello part of the Cello sonata op.30 by Theodor Hausmann. The work was composed in 1934/35 and is dedicated to the eminent German cellist Ludwig Hoelscher. The work was premiered at the Reichssender München around 1935. The artists at the premiere were Ludwig Hoelscher (cello) and Theodor Hausmann (piano). The score of the work was published a year later by Kistner & Siegel. In March 1939 a critic wrote about the composition in the German journal "Neue Zeitschrift für Musik":


"This is a great success of a master. [..] This impressive composition ist dedicated to Ludwig Hoelscher [..] who permanently puts this excellent sonata in his concert programs. One can totally agree with an attendee at the world premiere who said that this work demands a "place of honour" in the cello repertoire."


The work received dozens of performances in following years and always critical acclaim. But after World War II the composer Theodor Hausmann and his cello sonata fell into oblivion.

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