Arnold Schering

Arnold Schering ( born April 2, 1877 in Breslau, † March 7, 1941 in Berlin) was a German musicologist.


Arnold Schering grew up in Dresden, the son of an art publisher. He visited the Anne High School and learned to play the violin. From 1896 he studied at the Musikhochschule in Berlin violin with Joseph Joachim. 1898 to 1902 he studied music in Berlin and Leipzig, and in 1902 received his doctorate with a dissertation on the history of the instrumental concerto in Antonio Vivaldi. In 1907 he completed his habilitation at the University of Leipzig with Scripture The beginnings of the Oratory, which he published in 1911 in expanded form under the title history of the oratorio. After 1909 first obtained a lectureship in music history at the Leipzig Conservatory, he was in 1915 at the University of Leipzig a Full Professor. In 1920 he was appointed a full professor at the University of Halle.

In 1920, he assumed that Johann Sebastian Bach had to manage usually with twelve singers. But it was the early music movement continued to the.

1927 Schering became chairman of the Handel Society. Since 1928, he taught as a professor of music history at the University of Berlin.

After the " seizure of power" of the Nazis, he was a member of the National Socialist Teachers' Association and the Grand Council of the Reich Music Chamber. He was also president until 1936 of the German Society for Musicology (until 1933: German Music Society ) on their amendment by the National Socialist principles he was a major player. " The appointment of young Nazis was promoted; However, Alfred Einstein (1880-1952) forced to resign from the editorship of the Journal of Musicology, which he had led since its first appearance in 1918. The, leader principle ' following, Schering certain 1936 or 1937 Schiedermair Ludwig ( 1876-1957 ) as his successor as president. "

In January 1934 Schering gave a presentation at the Society for German formation over the Germanic in German music. In the same year his book Beethoven appeared in a new interpretation, in which he assigns to the works of Beethoven scenes from Shakespeare and Schiller's dramas, where he set up the claim that these assignments are intended both unique by Beethoven. In the same year he also wrote a post in the journal of musicology in which he pointed Beethoven's 5th Symphony in the sense of the Nazi regime as a " symphony of the national collection ." Finally, in 1936 he wrote in Beethoven and the seal: " When a brutal and sensual, breed strange music threatened us to alienate a time of intractable context of high music and high seal so it might be Beethoven now, which creates this ideal covenant anew ". However, his ideas for new Beethoven interpretation in Nazi music literature met with strong opposition.

In August 1940 he was released from his obligations due to illness. He died in March of the following year in Berlin and was buried in the cemetery military road, the tomb, however, was dissolved.

At Schering's students have included, inter alia, Wolfgang Boetticher (1914-2002), Willibald Gurlitt (1889-1963), Helmuth Osthoff (1896-1983) and Hans Schnoor (1893-1976)