Rolf Liebermann

Rolf Liebermann ( born September 14, 1910 in Zurich, † January 2, 1999 in Paris) was a Swiss composer and director.

  • 4.1 Rolf- Liebermann - Studio


Rolf Liebermann came from the famous Berlin Liebermann family ( members were, among others Max Liebermann, Emil Rathenau and Walther Rathenau ). His father Franz Joseph Moritz Liebermann Roßwiese (1872-1931) had as a young lawyer for months in a sanatorium in Switzerland recovered from a from a riding accident herstammenden fractures, met in Zurich a French - Swiss woman named Lucie Lang know and eventually became after marrying her Swiss citizenship.

Their son, Rolf Liebermann studied from 1929 to 1933 Law at the University of Zurich. In addition, he took music lessons at the private conservatory of José Berr. After graduating, he released his first song compositions and worked in various cabarets.

In 1936, he took a conducting course in Budapest in Hermann Scherchen and in 1937 became its assistant at Musica Viva Orchestra in Vienna. 1938-1940 military service. From 1940 he began to study composition intense and took lessons with Wladimir Vogel. From 1945 to 1950 he was sound engineer at Radio Zurich. 1950-1957 he took over the leadership of the orchestra department of the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation SRG. In 1954 he received a commission to an orchestral work by the Donaueschingen Music Days, wrote to the amazement of all his Concerto for Jazz Band and Symphony Orchestra and thus laid before something you would later occupied by the term Third Stream or crossover. Rolf Liebermann created a wealth of compositions diverse backgrounds: from the political song ( Liebermann was left) to the opera, from the Piano Sonata, to the music of machines, from concerts to multimedia project. Following the resignation of Harry Hermann Spitz, he was from 1957 to 1959 Head of the Department of Music of the North German Radio NDR in Hamburg.

Rolf Liebermann was from 1959 for fourteen years, and again from 1985 to 1988 director of the Hamburg State Opera. During his first directorship Hamburg 24 commissioned works were premiered, including the National Theatre of Mauricio Kagel, The Devils of Loudon by Krzysztof Penderecki, The Prince of Homburg by Hans Werner Henze and help, the Globo links by Gian Carlo Menotti. In the period from 1973 to 1980 Liebermann directed the Paris Opera.

He was appointed in 1963 Honorary Professor at the University of Music and Theatre in Hamburg.

In the 1930s, Liebermann was associated with Lale Andersen ( Lili Marleen ). For Lale Andersen Rolf Liebermann set to music in the years around 1933 the poem The sorrel of Ringelnatz. Liebermann was the model for the character Robert Mendelssohn in the film " Lili Marleen " by Rainer Werner Fassbinder.



Book publications



  • Hans Reinhart Ring (1971 )
  • Great Federal Cross of Merit (1974 )
  • Great Federal Cross of Merit with Star (1986 )
  • Honorary lock keeper (1987 )
  • Honorary Doctor of the University of Bern
  • Honorary Doctor of the University Spokane ( USA) ( 1957)
  • Music Prize of the City of Zurich ( 1957)
  • Mozart Prize of the City of Bremen
  • Conrad Ferdinand Meyer Price ( 1947)
  • Commandeur de l' Ordre des Arts et des Lettres
  • Commandeur de l' Ordre de la Légion d' Honneur (1974 )
  • Premio Lorenzo il Magnifico (1991 )
  • Silver Leaf playwright Union ( 1969)


Rolf- Liebermann - Studio

The synagogue on the upper street in Hamburg, was hired after the end of World War II by the then North West German Broadcasting ( NWDR ) and converted into a concert hall and studio. 1953 bought the NWDR the house from the Jewish Trust Corporation. Since 1982 it is a listed building. Many radio programs were produced ( Large studio of the Radio Centre Hamburg) NDR in the studio 10. One who used this room most often used for radio broadcasts, was the Berlin director, presenter and quizmaster Hans Rosenthal. He produced here shows like " Who asks - wins ", " fun must be! " or " Little people, big class." One of his most successful quiz shows had here in January 1963 Premiere: "Alone against all".

After the renovation, the house was renamed on 6 March 2000 by the former head of the Department of Music of the NDR in " Rolf- Liebermann - Studio ".