Chronology of Carl Schuricht

Last update: 30 August, 2022.

Data shown below come mostly from booklets of CDs.
New informations and/or suggestions are always welcome.
Revised with
Carl Schuricht "Weinger Eile, mehr Fülle"
from J. Müller-Marein and H. Reinhardt "Das musikalische Selbstportrait" (Nannen-Verlag, 1963)
Michel Chauvy "Carl Schuricht le reve accompli" (Revue Musicale de Suisse Romande, 2004).

July 3Carl Adolph Schuricht was born at Danzig (Gdansk) into a family of organ builders.
His father, Carl Conrad Schuricht was born on 27 January, 1856.

He was an organ builder and worked at his father's factory.
He died on 9 June, 1880 (3 weeks before his son was born!) when he tried to help an employee fallen into the sea (in the bay of Danzig).
His mother, Amanda Ludowika Alwine Wusinowska was a well known Polish Oratorio singer (1847-1935).
She didn't remarry after her husband's death.
1886Began to study piano and violin at the age of 6.
Schuricht was a student at Friedrichs Realgymnasium in Berlin.
1891Began to compose at the age of 11.
1892Schuricht was a student at Königliches Realgymnasium in Wiesbaden.
He had written the music and the librettos for two operas.
1895Started to conduct at the age of 15.
1901/02He got first professional musical job as a choral coach (Korrepetitor) of the Stadttheater of Mainz.
(1902)Won a composition prize from Kuszynski Foundation and a scholarship was awarded him by Franz von Mendelssohn.
It allowed him to continue his studies at the Berliner Musikhochschule (der Königlichten Hochschule für Musik zu Berlin) under Ernst Rudorff for piano and van Eyken (not Humperdink) for composition, and later under Max Reger at Leipzig.
His musical compositions were published mostly from Drei-Lilien-Verlag, Berlin.
Op.1Piano sonata in F minor
Op.2"Herbst-Stücke" (Opuscules for autumn) for piano and orchestra
Op.3"Fünf Lieder" (5 Songs)
Op.4"Drei Präludien" (3 Preludes) for piano

1904/06 (?)Two years' interruption through sickness. (In a letter to Delius)
1906/07Became Kapellmeister (?) in Dortmund. (In a letter to Delius)
1907/08Became Operetten-Kapellmeister of the Zwickau Stadttheater.
1908/09Became the conductor in Goslar of both a mixed chorus and a male chorus which assists the "mixed".
1909Appointed to conduct the Rühlschen Oratorienchores (Rühlscher-Gesangverein) of Frankfurt am Main, succeeding Siegfried Ochs.
He introduced the works of Frederick Delius in Germany.
1912At the age of 31, he was appointed to be the music director of Wiesbaden and conducted the Städtische Symphonieorchestra and the chor (an article in Neue Zeitschrift für Musik).
1913In September, he courageously conducted the first performance of Mahler's 8th symphony in Wiesbaden
(Exactly 3 years after the world premiere in Munich).
1914Invited to conduct in London. (His activity in England before WWII)
Debut at La Scala in May.
13-25 AprilDuring his "First German Mahler Festival" in Wiesbaden, he conducted the "Das Lied von der Erde", the 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 6th, and 7th Symphonies (Advertisement on Neue Zeitschrift für Musik, poster of this festival).
2 MaySchuricht conducted BPO for the first time (Mahler:Sym.6).
13 MayFurtwängler visited Wiesbaden and conducted Beethoven: Fidelio (Mechler, Andra, Streib, Kipnis, Muller-Leichel).
Activity of Furtwängler at Wiesbaden is listed here.
6-9 JuneSchuricht directed at the 4th Brahms Festival in Wiesbaden together with Wilhelm Furtwängler.
Four concerts by Schuricht and Furtwängler are known as follow. (For more information about Furtwängler)
5 June (Schuricht): Brahms: Symphonie no 3, Ein deutsches Requiem.
6 June (Schuricht): Brahms: Symphonie no 3, Ein deutsches Requiem.
7 June (Furtwängler): Brahms: Variationen uber ein Thema von Haydn, Double Concerto (Adolf Busch, Paul Grummer), Symphonie no 1.
9 June (Furtwängler): Brahms : Alt-Rapsodie (Sigrid Onegin), Concerto pour piano no 2 (Edwin Fischer), Symphonie no 4.
1923He became the general music director of Wiesbaden (until 1944).
1927He had been in St. Louis.(ZfM)
1928-33Schuricht had been staying at the Hotel Oranien in Wiesbaden (Original website).
1929In summer, Schuricht had a class in orchestra conducting at Charlottenburg Castle for German Institute of Music for Foreigners (President:W. Furtwängler).The Bismarck Tribute
1930-39Conducted the summer symphonic concerts in Scheveningen.
1931-33Conducted Leipziger Rundfunkorchester (source).
1933He was nominated the director of the Berlin Philharmonic Choir.
1934He conducted VPO for the first time.
1935His mother died at the age of 88.
1937-44He was a principal guest conductor of the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra.
1938Queen Wilhelmina of Holland endowed him with the Order of Oranje-Nassau.
1943-44He was a principal guest conductor of the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra.
1944His name was listed in the Gottbegnadeten list (Wikipedia English, Deutsch).
In spring, he married with Maria Martha Banz in Zurich.
July He was appointed to be the music director of the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra.
NovemberHe left Germany for Lucerne Music Festival and stayed in Crans-Montana, Switzerland.
Started to work with l'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande.
1946At the re-opening of the Salzburger Festspiele, he conducted VPO.
1948Got Bruckner medal in the Netherlands.
1949His last concert at La Scala on May 21.
1950On 24 August, he got the international Bruckner medal at Salzburg (announcement).
1952Moved to a new apartment "La Provençale" at Corseaux, route des Cerisiers 21.

1953Became an honorary citizen of Wiesbaden.
Schuricht was endowed "Großes Verdienstkreuz" from Germany
1956On 15 Jan., Schuricht conducted VPO for Furtwängler-Gedächtnis-Konzert at the Grossen Musikvereinssaal.
On 26 Jan., during the Salzburg Mozart Week, Schuricht conducted VPO and impressed the audience greatly.
The program was as follows.

W.A.MozartSinfonie in D (KV 181)
W.A.MozartKonzert für Klavier und Orchester (KV 482)
W.A.MozartSinfonie in D "Haffner" (KV 385)
Tatjana Nikolajewa (Piano)

Live recording is available from the International Stiftung Mozarteum (ISM 56/3)

On the next day, Erich Kleiber, who was willing to take on the first US tour of VPO, died in Zurich.
Committee of VPO decided to ask this 76 year-old conductor to join this particularly important tour with Andre Cluytens.
He conducted all of Beethoven's symphonies at the Lyon Festival in June (Newspaper 1, Newspaper 2).
Schuricht conducted 12 concerts in total during the US tour (complete list of concerts, Booklet).
10 Dec.Made a concert for the Human Rights Day at the general assembly of the United Nations, New York.
Program of this concert was as follows.

BeethovenSymphony No.7
MozartSymphony No.35"Haffner"
MendelssohnBartholdy, Scherzo
Live recording is available from archiphon (ARC-4.0)

VPO awarded him their Nicolai Medal.
1957 JanuaryHe opened the 17th Vienna Philharmonic Ball with the Blue Danube waltz.

Photo:Franz Votava
He was invited to conduct at the Chicago Symphony Festival at Ravinia.
He also appeared as a guest conductor at the Berkshire Music Festival at Tanglewood, Massachusetts, the summer residence of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
Tanglewood, 1957. With the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
Photo: Warren Clark, Jr.
19 Sep.The Bruckner Society of America confers upon Carl Schuricht the title of Honorary Member.
14,15 Jan.Conducted VPO at "Furtwängler Gedächtnis Konzert".
18 MayAwarded one of the first Gold Mahler-Medals from the Gustav-Mahler Society.
After the success of US tour, VPO and Schuricht made another travel project.
In November, he conducted a total of 10 concerts for VPO in Switzerland, France, Spain and Bregenz. See the schedule of this tour.
1960 July 3VPO conferred upon him honorary membership on his 80th birthday.(ehrenmitglied)
Aug. 14Conducted VPO at Salzburger festspiele.
Live recording is available from EMI (CDH7 649042)
A criticism for this concert appeared on Kurier.
Salzburg, 1960.
1961 March 18/19Conducted VPO at the Nicolai Concert.
Aug. 23Conducted VPO at Salzburger Festspiele.
Live recording is available from DeAGOSTINI(FS96CD31-2).
1962During the Vienna Festival Weeks, he conducted VPO for Mozart's Requiem at St. Stephansdom.
Live recording is available from Archiphon (ARC-4.1)
1963 April 9Conducted London Symphony Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall.
(Weber Overture Oberon, Mozart Symphony No. 40, and Brahms Symphony No. 4).
1964 Jan. 27Appeared in London and conducted LSO for Mozart's Haffner symphony and Beethoven's 9th Symphony.
Two documents are available. (1, 2)
Aug. 5Conducted BPO at Salzburger Festspiele.
Aug. 11Schuricht was endowed "Gran Cruz Orden Civil de Alfonso X El Sabio" from Spain.
1965On March 21, he conducted London Symphony Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall.
(Schubert Symphony No. 8, Mahler Kindertotenlieder with Nan Merriman (MS), and Brahms Symphony No. 2).
Two days after, again at the Royal Festival Hall, he conducted LSO (Schubert Symphony No. 8, Mozart Clarinet Concerto K622 in A with Gervase de Peyer (Cl.), and Brahms Symphony No. 2).
Aug.His Letter to friends on his 85th birthday.
Aug. 6 Last concert with VPO at Salzburger Festspiele.
1967 Jan.7He died at the age of 86 at his home in Corseaux-sur-Vevey, Switzerland.
Related information
Jan. 10Funeral ceremony at the temple of Saint-Martin in Vevey from 15:00.

Saint Martin temple in Vevey.
Jan. 11Memorial concert for Carl Schuricht was held by Residentie Orkest at the Kurzaal in Scheveningen under the direction of Willem van Otterloo (Program).
Feb. 28Memorial concert for Carl Schuricht was held at the Großen Kurhaussaal in Wiesbaden.
Heinz Wallberg conducted W.A. Mozart's Concerto for Oboe in C major and A. Bruckner's 9th symphony.

Grave of Carl Schuricht (No.98)
(In the cemetery of Wiesbaden)
A guide to visit Schuricht's grave

2011 May 21Mrs. Martha Schuricht passed away at the age of 95 (Special page for her).

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