Alfred von Beckerath


born October 4th, 1901 in Haguenau, died January 7th, 1978 in Munich, was a composer, conductor, music teacher and stage designer.


Father: Robert Carl von Beckerath (July 12, 1864 – August 18, 1918)
Mother: Juliet von Beckerath born Flinsch (7.7.1873 - 13.7.1954)


Alfred von Beckerath studied musicology and composition from 1920 to 1925 in Frankfurt/Main, Freiburg and Munich. After his studies he worked as a conductor in Wiesbaden and Frankfurt.


After the Second World War he directed the "Theater der Jugend" in Munich. In the mid-1950s he took over the management of the Ingolstadt City Theater.


Alfred von Beckerath was a prolific composer. His compositional work mainly includes symphonies, concertos, cantatas, choral works as well as sonatas and operas. They are characterized by classic compositional patterns. In 1951 his merits were honored with the music promotion prize of the city of Munich.


One of his best-known works is the opera Frau Holle.


Pictures from a lecture by Christine von Beckerath, the daughter of Alfred von Beckerath, held on the occasion of the 10th von Beckerath Family Day on May 17, 2008.

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