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Alfred Juergensohn

Alfred Juergensohn was born on 24 November 1902 in Daugavpils (at that time Russia, now Latvia). He went to school in Putbus on the island Rügen in Germany. Alfred Juergensohn then studied music under Hans F. Schaub at the Vogt Conservatory in Hamburg from 1923 to 1925. He continued his studies under Joseph Haas at the Academy of Music in Munich and graduated in 1928. After his studies Alfred Juergensohn worked as a music editor at the broadcasting station in Munich. After the outbreak of World War II Alfred Juergensohn was drafted for military service and was captured by the Russian army. He died in 1944 in Russian war captivity.

Alfred Juergensohn mostly used the short version of his name, Alf Juergensohn. He was married to the actor Lore Bronner.

 

Alfred Juergensohn was a promising composer in the early 1930s in Germany. In 1930 for example he took part at the 60th "Tonkünstlerfest" of the Allgemeinen Deutschen Musikvereins in Königsberg. His fellow composers at this event sound like the who is who of the time: Alban Berg, Wolfgang Fortner, Nikolai Lopatnikoff, Erwin Schulhoff or Wladimir Vogel. But curiously none of the compositions by Alfred Juergensohn was ever published.

 

His known compositions are:

  • Piano pieces op.1
  • String trio op.2
  • Piano pieces op.3
  • Six poems for high men's voice and 5 instruments op.4
  • Concerto for chamber orchestra op.5
  • Old Greek poems for men's voice and piano op.6a
  • Songs of Sappho for alto and viola op.6b
  • Songs on poems by Stefan George, op.10

 

In my possession is the autograph manuscript of some small piano pieces. The manuscript shows no title, but the work consists of 6 small compositions for piano. It is dedicated to "meinem Freunde Helmut Klein" and dated 1928. It is likely that this composition is either op.1 or op.3 from the work list above.

The work was composed when Alfred Juergensohn was in his final year of his composition studies under Joseph Haas.

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