Günter Henle

Curriculum vitae and several downloadable texts

1899

           

Born on 3 February in Würzburg
Childhood and youth in Munich
Piano lessons with Walther Lampe

1916–1918

Participation in World War I

1918–1920

Studies law in Marburg and Würzburg, also gains doctorate

1921–1931


Attaché in the diplomatic corps, serving in Berlin, Amsterdam, Den Haag and Buenos Aires; Appearances as a pianist, including the premiere of Beethoven’s Choral Fantasia op. 80 in Buenos Aires

1931–1936


Attaché at the German Embassy in London

1933


Marries Anne Liese Küpper, the stepdaughter of the owner of the Klöckner consortium in Duisburg

1937


Peter Klöckner takes on his son-in-law Günter Henle as a partner in the company

1940


Death of Peter Klöckner, Dr. Henle steadily rises to the top of the industrial firm

1947–1949


Member of the Frankfurt Wirtschaftsrat (Economic Council)

1948


Founds his “Publishing house for musical Urtext editions”
Offices in Duisburg and Munich

1949–1953


Member (CDU) of the first German Parliament
Advisor to the German Chancellor Adenauer on foreign policy and economics

since 1950


Sponsorship of numerous highly-gifted musicians, e.g. Edith Peinemann, Murray Perahia and Frank Peter Zimmermann; Friendship with many important musicians, including Pablo Casals, Walter Gieseking, Karl Klingler, Yehudi Menuhin, David Oistrach, Arthur Rubinstein, Wolfgang Schneiderhan and Rudolf Serkin

1951–1964


Chairman of the Cultural Circle of German Business and Industry within the Federation of German Industry

1955


Co-founds the Joseph Haydn Institute in Cologne

1955–1973


Co-founds and first President of the German Council on Foreign Relations

1956


Honorary member of the Gesellschaft für Musikforschung (Society for musicological research)

1964


Honorary doctorate from the Faculty of Philosophy at Cologne University

1968


Publication of the autobiography “Three Spheres”

1972


Establishes the Günter Henle Foundation

1976


Retires as senior partner from Klöckner & Co

1979              


Dies on 13 April in Duisburg


Unterschrift Dr. Günter Henle

See also the article on Günter Henle in Wikipedia (in German).

 

Texts by and on Günter Henle for free download

  • Günter Henle: Weggenosse des Jahrhunderts.
    Als Diplomat, Industrieller Politiker und Freund der Musik | PDF, 135 MB
    Die Autobiographie Günter Henles
    Stuttgart 1968, 420 pages, German
  • Günter Henle: Three Spheres. A Life in Politics, Business, and Music | PDF, 92 MB
    The Autobiography of Guenter Henle
    Chicago 1971, 306 pages, English

  • Günter Henle: Verlegerischer Dienst an der Musik | PDF, 21 MB
    Munich 1973, 75 pages, German

  • Musik, Edition, Interpretation. Gedenkschrift Günter Henle | PDF, 145 MB
    edited by Martin Bente, with contributions from numerous experts
    Munich 1980, 498 pages, German, English and French

Please note: The G. Henle Verlag publishing house holds the worldwide copyright of all texts. Please use the printed editions for quotations.