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Herbert Baumann’s Archive Acquired by the Bavarian State Library in Munich

The Bavarian State Library has announced that it will acquire the complete compositional production of the composer Herbert Baumann, resident in the Bavarian capital of Munich. The Music Department of the State Library is one of the world’s leading music libraries by virtue of its scale, the quality of its historical collections and its broad profile of acquisitions. Manuscripts by famous composers such as Orlando di Lasso, Joseph Haydn, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven, Robert Schumann, Joseph Rheinberger, Max Reger and Gustav Mahler can be found there. In addition, the legacies of Carl Orff, Karl-Amadeus Hartmann, Wolfgang Fortner and others are housed there.

Alongside numerous orchestral, choral and chamber works, Herbert Baumann has composed the music for more than 500 works for the stage and for more than 40 television films. Born in Berlin in 1925, he learned the composer’s craft at the Music Academy there under Paul Höffer and Boris Blacher.

Baumann writes thoroughly musical and approachable music with spirit and elegance; its cheerful idiom also frequently strikes an elegiac tone, whilst aiming to delight the listener with a wide range of sonic stimulation and rhythmical punches – a moderately modern style of music.