Mark Lothar

Mark Lothar was from Berlin, where he undertook his first musical studies. He studied composition privately with Justus Hermann Wetzel, Joseph Gustav Mracek and Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari. In 1933 he was appointed to the German Theatre through Max Reinhardt, and in 1934 to the Prussian State Theatre in Berlin through Gustaf Gründgens, where he was director of music. In 1945 he came to the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, where he was a free-lance composer from 1955 onwards. Mark Lothar died on 6 April 1985.

Besides film and stage music, radio plays, numerous chamber and orchestral works, he is chiefly known for one work: the musical fairy tale "The Story of the Lazy Bear" for speaker, tuba solo and orchestra, a classic on the programmes of children's concerts. Lothar's close relationship to the theatre is also reflected in the well-known, cheerful opera "Tailor Wibbel," the text of which was written by Hans Müller-Schlösser.