Hermann Zumpe

Hermann Zumpe was born in Oppach on 9 April 1850 and died in Munich on 4 September 1903. He took composition lessons with Albert Tottmann in Leipzig, and in 1872 he became the conductor of a Leipzig vaudeville theatre. In the same year, he went to Bayreuth, where he assisted Wagner with the completion of his Ring scores and prepared a piano reduction of Götterdämmerung. After positions as Kapellmeister in Salzburg, Würzburg, Magdeburg, Frankfurt and Hamburg, he was appointed Court Kapellmeister in Stuttgart in 1891. From 1895, he conducted the Kaim Orchestra, which later became the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, before moving to Schwerin as Court Kapellmeister in 1897. In 1901 he moved to the new Prinzregententheater in Munich in the same position and in 1902 he was appointed General Music Director.

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