Eduard Künneke

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

Recordings

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  

Citation

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.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103580

Feedback

Send the Editors a message about this record.