Alfred Lorenz

German composer and conductor

Alfred Ottokar Lorenz (July 11, 1868, Vienna - November 20, 1939 Munich) was an Austrian-German conductor, composer, and musical analyst. His principal work is the four-volume Das Geheimnis der Form bei Richard Wagner, which attempts to comprehensively analyze some of Richard Wagner's best-known operas. Lorenz's work reflects to a great extent his sympathy with Nazi ideology, and has only recently been discredited by scholarship.

Quotes about LorenzEdit

  • Lorenz has finally gone under after withstanding a fantastic plowing.
    • Joseph Kerman, "Viewpoint," 19th-Century Music (1978): 189.
  • The long shadow of Alfred Lorenz still hangs over the field of Wagner research...
    • Stephen McClatchie. (1998) Analyzing Wagner's Operas¬†: Alfred Lorenz and German Nationalist Ideology Eastman Studies in Music, Preface.

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