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Ernst Schiffmann

Ernst Schiffmann was born on 8 May 1901 in Munich (Germany). He studied at the Tonakademie and at the university in Munich. After his studies in 1926 he moved to Herrsching and completely dedicated his career to composition.

Curiously there is no further biographical information I could find about Ernst Schiffmann. This is even more odd because his compositions received several performances from the very beginning of his career. In the 1930s and 40s Ernst Schiffmann was a composer of at least minor public awareness in Germany. His photo (left) was published in the journal "Signale für die musikalische Welt" in 1939 as one of the composers featured at the Reichsmusiktage in Düsseldorf that year.

But his works were not that successful that he could made a living from composing alone, but I found no other details about his life. It seems that he had no additional conducting or teaching career as many other composers.

Ernst Schiffmann died in 1980 in Herrsching (Germany).


The work catalogue of Ernst Schiffmann consists of around 100 compositions. Due to the fact that there is so little known about him, I decided to present a detailed work list here. I found most of the information about his compositions in old newspapers and journals. Unfortunately the work lists remains incomplete, so if you have information about missing opus numbers, please let me know.

op. ?: George-Lieder, for voice and piano (1924)

op.2: Invention for string orchestra
op. ?: Music for string orchestra (1930)
op. ?: Clarinet quintet (1931)
op.8: Introduction for organ
op.9: Concert ouverture, for orchestra
op.10: Divertimento for 2 violins and string orchestra (1931)
op.18: Sinfonietta for orchestra (1932)
op.22: Concert piece for violin and orchestra (1933)
op. ?: Tanzphantasie for orchestra (1933)
op. ?: String quartet No.1 (before 1934)
op. ?: String quartet No.2 (before 1934)
op.26: Fantasy for organ (1935)
op.29: Arioso for violin and chamber orchestra (before 1940)
op.33: Small music for string orchestra
op.35b: String quartet
op. ?: opera „Wera“ (1939)
op.53: Intermezzo for trombone and organ
op.59: Dance rondo for winds
op.61: Symphonic music No.1 for orchestra (1941)
op.64: Praeludium for orchestra
op.66: Fantasy for 3 trombones and timpani ad lib.
op.67: Concert piece for trombone and orchestra
op.71: Piano concerto (1947)
op.79: Suite for violin alone
op.83: Quadrupel fugue, for orchestra
op.85: Violin concerto
op.86: Sonatina for oboe and piano
op.88: Duo for violin and piano
op.90: Piano quintet
op.96: Serenade for string trio
op.97: Trio with piano (before 1956)

In my possession are two autograph manuscripts of compositions by Ernst Schiffmann: The Concert ouverture for orchestra op.9 and the Violin concerto op.85. I also own a copy of the printed score of the Suite for violin alone op.79. All three works are dedicated to Hans Adolf Winter (1892-1981), German violinist and conductor. So it seems likely that all three scores come from the musical estate of Hans Adolf Winter.


For information purposes I present here scores of both unpublished compositions:

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According to the manuscript in my possession the Konzertouvertüre op.9 for orchestra was performed (premiered?) on 9 June 1932 at the Odeon Theatre in Munich. The manuscript also shows heavy annotations from a conductor which very likely was Hans Adolf Winter himself. From 1924 Hans Adolf Winter was principal conductor at the Bayerischer Rundfunk and regularly performed at the Odeon. So it is an educated guess that the Konzertouvertüre by Ernst Schiffmann was premiered on 9 June 1932 at the Odeon Theatre in Munich by an orchestra of the Bayerischer Rundfunk under the baton of Hans Adolf Winter.

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