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Price: $165.00

MINT CONDITION

Twice autographed and inscribed 4” x 6” photograph of the organist, harpsichordist and Kantor of the Thomaskirche in Leipzig.  In this photograph dedicated to his South American manager Gerard Uhlfelder, Ramin has written on the photograph, Gunther Ramin, Thomaskantor, zu Leipzig, he then dedicates the photograph to Uhlfelder and signs again.

The legendary German organist, (1898-1956) was originally a member of the choir of the Thomaskirche in Leipzig, also attending the school there for choirboys.  He was conscripted into the Germans army during World War I, his mentor Karl Straube, the Reger disciple and Thomaskantor at the time helped leave the army by having him elected organist of the Thomaskirche.  Once released, he studied at the Leipzig Conservatory with Teichmuller and Krehl and became Straube’s assistant.  In 1920 he was appointed organist of the Gewandhaus orchestra and was named organ professor at the Leipzig Conservatory.  From 1933-1942 he was also the conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic Chorus.  From 1945-1951 he was the Chorus Director of the Gewandhaus Orchestra.  In 1940 he was appointed Kantor of the Thomaskirche, (Johann Sebastian Bach held the same position.) upon the retirement of his mentor Karl Straube. It was the single most prestigious organ post in the German speaking World. In addition, Ramin maintained a solo career, both organ and harpsichord and was known as one of the greatest improvisationists in the World.   His solo tours took him throughout Europe and the Americas, after World War II, those tours were confined to the Communist block Countries.  In 1955, Ramin took the Thomaschor on a South American tour and Gerard Uhlfelder was his manager for the tour.  He died of a sudden cerebral hemorrhage in 1956 at the age of 58.

A rare and important organist autograph.

Gerard Uhlfelder, a German-Jewish concert manager and promoter left Germany in 1938 for Buenos Aires, where he established Organización de Conciertos Gérard in 1948. He quickly became the leading promoter of Classical concerts throughout South America, catering to the large population of Europeans living in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Columbia, Uruguay and other Countries on the Continent. He managed the tours of among others; Maurice Abravanel & the Utah Symphony, Wilhelm Kempff, Ruggiero Ricci, Joseph Szigeti and many others.

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