Clemens Erwein Heinrich Karl Bonaventura Freiherr von Franckenstein

Born: 14 July 1875, Wiesentheid , (Kitzingen) Germany
Died: 19 August 1942, Hechendorf (Munich)


About Clemens von Franckenstein:

Although scarcely known outside of Germany today, Clemens von Franckenstein was an influential conductor and composer who was instrumental in bringing forth first performances of operas by Korngold, Pfitzner, Braunfels and Courvoisier at the turn of the 20th century. His relationship with Richard Strauss and Hugo von Hofmannsthal was contemporaneous with the development of their operas, and Strauss' recommendation led to Franckenstein's appointment to the Royal Prussian Opera in Berlin in 1907. His one-act opera Rahab is redolent of the exoticism found in such Straussian scores as Salome, but his more widely performed work was the three-act Li-Tai-Pe, produced on German stages from 1920 to 1933, when Franckenstein withdrew from the musical scene with the advent of the Nazi regime.

contributed by John Mucci

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