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Wolfgang Schumann

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Wolfgang Schumann (23 April 1927, Mönchengladbach, Germany - 2012, Schöneiche near Berlin) was a German conductor and composer.

Schumann grew up in the Rhineland. When he was to be used as a flak helper shortly before the end of the war in 1945, he hid with the help of his father and a pastor in Lobenstein and thus avoided military service.

After the war, Wolfgang Schumann studied conducting and composition at the Cologne University of Music, including with Günter Wand . Then he worked as a guest conductor (e.g., the Radio Symphony Orchestra Leipzig) and at several theaters as Kapellmeister. Most recently he led the Neubrandenburg Philharmonic.

Wolfgang Schumann lived in Schöneiche near Berlin from 1958 on, where he worked as a freelance composer after he was unable to pursue his conducting profession due to an accident. His wife Annemarie Schumann, whom he married in 1986, was there Protestant pastor; he regularly accompanied their services musically on the piano or the organ.

As a composer Schumann turned mainly to concertante light music, especially for television and radio. Especially in his later years, he also wrote many titles for regional ensembles, such as the youth orchestra in Frankfurt (Oder) and Zielona Góra, the 1st Brandenburg Garde brass band Fürstenwalde, and for various flute ensembles his wife.

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