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Norbert Schultze Died on 14 October 2002

Norbert Schultze died on 14 October 2002 at the age of 91 in Bad Tlz. The composer of operettas, operas, Lieder and much film music was interred on Monday, 21 October in Munich.

Amongst his most famous creations are the song "Lili Marleen," which thrilled music lovers far beyond the borders of Germany during the years of horror of the Second World War, as well as the successful musical "Kpt'n Bay-Bay" from the 1950s with the unforgotten "Nimm mich mit, Kapitn, auf die Reise" (Captain, Take Me along on the Journey).

After having completed his secondary education in Braunschweig, Schultze studied music in Cologne and theatrical sciences in Munich. He was later active as theatrical chapel master and rehearsal pianist in Heidelberg, Darmstadt and Munich. In 1935 Norbert Schultze became recording manager of a Berlin recording firm. He developed the idea for an opera during these years. Just a year later, "Der schwarze Peter" (Black Peter) received its premiere at the Hamburg State Opera and was an immediate and enormous success, as were the later stage works "Der Struwwelpeter" (Shock-Headed Peter) and "Max und Moritz." During the 1940s Norbert Schultze was active as a film composer, though dedicating himself uninterruptedly to opera. Up until old age he had a particularly close relationship to his opera "Das Kalte Herz" (The Cold Heart), premiered in Leipzig in 1943; the revival of this opera was one of his greatest wishes. The work was issued just a few years ago in a complete recording by Koch Classics in a West German Radio recording. In 1950 the repeatedly revived musical "Kpt'n Bay-Bay" appeared on the stage. It was none other than Helmut Kutner, an friend from student days, who filmed the work with Hans Albers in the title role. Just this year a Swiss Popular Theatre celebrated a highly praised premiere in Swiss dialect of this burlesque piece about the would-be captain.

Norbert Schultze occupied numerous functions, including those at the Union of Dramatists and the GEMA.