Eduard Künneke (also seen as Edward and spelled Künnecke) (27 January 1885 – 27 October 1953) was a German composer of operettas, operas and theatre music. He was born in Emmerich. His daughter was the actress and singer Evelyn Künneke.
Künneke studied musicology and literature in Berlin, and was also an advanced student of Max Bruch. He worked as a repetiteur and chorus master at a Berlin operetta theatre, the Neues Operettentheater am Schiffbauerdamm, but relinquished his post as chorus master after his opera Robins Ende (1909) was premiered in Mannheim and then received productions at 38 different German opera houses. From 1908 to 1910 he also worked as a music director for Odeon Records and conducted (without label credit) two of the earliest complete symphony recordings, the Beethoven Fifth and Sixth Symphonies with the "Grosses Odeon Streich-Orchester". Künneke later worked under Max Reinhardt and wrote incidental music for Reinhardt’s staging of Part Two of Goethe's Faust.
Künneke's graceful music is distinguished by its rhythm and striking harmonies. His best-known work is the 1921 operetta Der Vetter aus Dingsda; many of his songs are still familiar today.
In 1926, when his operetta Lady Hamilton was premiered in Breslau (now Wrocław), he formed what would become a long friendship with the conductor Franz Marszalek. Marszalek was a dedicated advocate of Künneke's music, and during his tenure at the Westdeutscher Rundfunk in Cologne (1949–65) made numerous recordings of his works (many currently unavailable) with the Cologne Radio Orchestra and the Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra.
Birth and Death Data: Born January 27th, 1885 (Emmerich am Rhein), Died October 27th, 1953 (West Berlin)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1923 - 1928
Roles Represented in DAHR: composer
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||B-27496||10-in.||2/16/1923||Man in the moon||The Troubadours||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Victor||B-27559||10-in.||2/20/1923||Man in the moon||Lucy Isabelle Marsh||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-27629||10-in.||2/28/1923||Caroline||Great White Way Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Victor||B-31798||10-in.||2/3/1925||The love song you will forget||Hugo Frey ; The Troubadours||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Victor||CVE-32196||12-in.||4/1/1925||Gems from The love song||Victor Light Opera Company||Vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra||composer|
|Columbia||80895||10-in.||3/12/1923||Argentine||Ray Miller Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Columbia||W140446||10-in.||3/18/1925||Love song||Xylo-Rimba Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Columbia||98174||12-in.||5/12/1925||Vocal gems from The love song||Columbia Light Opera Company||Mixed vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra||composer|
|OKeh||S-71456||10-in.||Apr. 1923||Argentine||Markel's Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|OKeh||S-73213||10-in.||Mar. 1925||The love song (You will forget)||Hotel Pennsylvania Orchestra ; Vincent Lopez||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Brunswick||10194-10196||10-in.||3/28/1923||Argentine||Joseph C. Smith's Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Brunswick||DB99||10-in.||10/18/1928||Somewhere||Pete Mandell Dance Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Brunswick||BB134||10-in.||11/13/1928||Somewhere||Mayfair Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Edison||8884||10-in.||3/20/1923||Argentine||Atlantic Dance Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Edison||10209||10-in.||2/18/1925||The love song (You will forget)||Herbert Soman Salon Orchestra||Instrumental ensemble||composer|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Künneke, Eduard," accessed March 8, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103580.
Künneke, Eduard. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved March 8, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103580.
"Künneke, Eduard." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 8 March 2021.
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