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Hans-Martin Theopold

Prof. Hans-Martin Theopold, was born to a pastor’s family in Detmold on 22 April 1904, the youngest of five children. Even as a child he often played the organ in the “Marktkirche” and soon began to take piano lessons with Theodor Vehmeier. At the age of 17 he made his debut at the Landestheater in Detmold with Ludwig van Beethoven’s Piano Concerto in C major under Friedrich Quast (Herford). Following the successful completion of his schooling at the Gymnasium Leopoldinum in Detmold, he went on to study music and piano (main subject): from 1922–23 at the “Württembergische Hochschule für Musik” in Stuttgart (with Max Pauer, 1866–1945) and then from 1923–1928 at the “Staatliche Akademische Hochschule für Musik” in Berlin-Charlottenburg (with Richard Rössler, 1880–1962, and Waldemar Lütschg, 1877–1948). After completing his piano studies (graduating with “very good”) in 1928, he began an active solo career both at home and abroad (USA, Switzerland, Scandinavia, the Baltic states, the Balkans). As a member of the Chamber Music Association of the State Opera in Berlin (from 1933) he also gave countless chamber music concerts, including ones with his violin partner Gustav Havemann (1882–1960).

In the 1930s, audiences and the press alike raved about Theopold’s extraordinary gifts as a pianist: “This young player has it in him to soon become one of the best players in Germany. A superior technique, a wonderful singing piano tone, the strength of a Titan, but not at all hard due to the incomparably gentle elasticity of his touch” [Münchener Zeitung, 21 November 1933]. – “H.M. Theopold gave convincing proof of his splendid pianistic ability in an extremely gripping sonata with a modern idiom by Alban Berg, but predominantly in Schubert’s […] Wanderer Fantasy, which he played with a polished technique and creative power” [Weser-Zeitung, 21 December 1932]. Theopold was awarded several prizes, including the “Grotrian-Steinweg-Preis” in 1928.

Hans-Martin Theopold UnterschriftIn 1937 Theopold became a teacher for the piano (main subject) at the “Bayerisches Staatskonservatorium der Musik” in Würzburg. In 1939 he married Irene Tatjana Wülfing, who was from Moscow. From 1943 he became head of the piano master-class at the “Nordische Musikschule” in Bremen, although this was interrupted by the events of the war. Following his return from a prisoner of war camp, Theopold gave concerts and taught although he did not hold a permanent position. From 1955–1956 he was acting head of the piano master-class at the “Bergisches Landeskonservatorium” in Wuppertal, finally being appointed Professor for Piano on 1 April 1956 at the “Staatliches Institut für Schul- und Volksmusik” in Detmold, later at the “Nordwestdeutsche Musikakademie Detmold” (today “Hochschule für Musik Detmold”), where he taught for decades. On 30 September 1969 he retired. “His students extol his pedagogical gifts. […] Humour, charm, helpfulness and kind-heartedness moderate the strictness of his professional ethos as a musician and teacher” (Lippische Rundschau, 23 April 1969; see also: Lippische Landeszeitung 22 April 1969 on the occasion of Theopold’s 65. birthday: “Prof. Theopold, a modest but at the same time energetic man, is an enthusiastic teacher”). Theopold died in Detmold in 2000.

Contact with Günter Henle was established directly after the publishing house was founded, when Theopold thanked the publishers with great enthusiasm for its first Urtext editions. His extensive correspondence with the publishing house was bequeathed to the Lippische Landesbibliothek in 2014 to ensure its long-term accessibility to the public. The letters testify not only to Theopold’s great interest in musical sources and text questions but also to his initial strict refusal (!) of fingerings in text-critical editions such as these: “For fingerings are and remain something individual no matter what their quality” (letter to Günter Henle from 26 May 1949 {publishing house archives}). Günter Henle was not, however, to be swayed and stressed the necessity of fingerings in his Urtext editions: “It is better to publish the Urtext […] with fingerings that are not necessary for a few individuals, or that might even, I admit, be considered irritating here and there” (letter to Hans-Martin Theopold of 17 September 1953).

It was only in 1955 that Theopold accepted Günter Henle’s offer of contributing fingerings for an Urtext edition that was in the process of being prepared by way of trial. (HN 74, Schubert, Complete Dances for Piano, Volume 1). Following this, Theopold was commissioned to write the fingerings for nearly all of the publishing house’s new editions in quick succession. Günter Henle, himself a good pianist, greatly valued Theopold’s fingerings, and also the many suggestions regarding the musical text in question. In addition, Theopold was always very reliable, thorough and conscientious – something that is not unimportant with editorial work!

Thus to date Hans-Martin Theopold has provided the fingerings for the greatest number of Henle Urtext editions by far – 226 editions (!) in total.

We would like to thank Mrs Margot Theopold and the Hochschule für Musik in Detmold for their great support in providing biographical material.

G. Henle Verlag

Hans-Martin Theopold

Isaac Albéniz

Easy Piano Music - 18th and 19th Century, Volume II

Editor: Walter Georgii
Urtext Edition, paperbound (Collection)
HN 168

22.95 $available

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach

Easy Piano Variations from the Baroque and Classic Period

Editor: Günter Lorenz
Urtext Edition, paperbound (Collection)
HN 261

17.95 $available

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach

Easy Piano Music - 18th and 19th Century, Volume I

Editor: Walter Georgii
Urtext Edition, paperbound (Collection)
HN 167

20.95 $available

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach

Easy Piano Music - 18th and 19th Century, Volume II

Editor: Walter Georgii
Urtext Edition, paperbound (Collection)
HN 168

22.95 $available

Johann Christian Bach

Easy Piano Variations from the Baroque and Classic Period

Editor: Günter Lorenz
Urtext Edition, paperbound (Collection)
HN 261

17.95 $available

Johann Sebastian Bach

Capriccio sopra la lontananza del fratro dilettissimo B flat major BWV 992

Editor: Georg von Dadelsen
Urtext Edition, paperbound
HN 1305

9.95 $available

Johann Sebastian Bach

Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue d minor BWV 903 and 903a

Editor: Georg von Dadelsen, Klaus Rönnau
Urtext Edition, paperbound
HN 163

12.95 $available

Johann Sebastian Bach

Italian Concerto, French Ouverture, Four Duets, Goldberg Variations

Editor: Rudolf Steglich
Urtext Edition, paperbound
HN 129

36.95 $available

Johann Sebastian Bach

Italian Concerto, French Ouverture, Four Duets, Goldberg Variations

Editor: Rudolf Steglich
Urtext Edition, clothbound
HN 130

56.95 $available

Johann Sebastian Bach

Italian Concerto, French Ouverture, Four Duets, Goldberg Variations

Editor: Rudolf Steglich
Urtext Edition, Study score, paperbound
HN 9129

21.95 $available

Wilhelm Friedemann Bach

Easy Piano Music - 18th and 19th Century, Volume I

Editor: Walter Georgii
Urtext Edition, paperbound (Collection)
HN 167

20.95 $available

Wilhelm Friedemann Bach

Easy Piano Music - 18th and 19th Century, Volume II

Editor: Walter Georgii
Urtext Edition, paperbound (Collection)
HN 168

22.95 $available

Ludwig van Beethoven

Clarinet Trios B flat major op. 11 and E flat major op. 38 for Piano, Clarinet (or Violin) and Violoncello

Editor: Günter Raphael, Friedhelm Klugmann
Urtext Edition, paperbound
HN 342

50.95 $available

Ludwig van Beethoven

Piano Trios, Volume III

Editor: Friedhelm Klugmann
Urtext Edition, Study score, paperbound
HN 9200

34.95 $available

Ludwig van Beethoven

Easy Piano Pieces, Classical and Romantic Period, Volume II

Editor: Walter Georgii
Urtext Edition, paperbound (Collection)
HN 135

20.95 $available

Ludwig van Beethoven

Easy Piano Variations from the Baroque and Classic Period

Editor: Günter Lorenz
Urtext Edition, paperbound (Collection)
HN 261

17.95 $available

Ludwig van Beethoven

Easy Piano Music - 18th and 19th Century, Volume I

Editor: Walter Georgii
Urtext Edition, paperbound (Collection)
HN 167

20.95 $available

Ludwig van Beethoven

Easy Piano Music - 18th and 19th Century, Volume II

Editor: Walter Georgii
Urtext Edition, paperbound (Collection)
HN 168

22.95 $available

Johannes Brahms

Easy Piano Pieces, Classical and Romantic Period, Volume II

Editor: Walter Georgii
Urtext Edition, paperbound (Collection)
HN 135

20.95 $available

Johannes Brahms

Easy Piano Music - 18th and 19th Century, Volume II

Editor: Walter Georgii
Urtext Edition, paperbound (Collection)
HN 168

22.95 $available

Frédéric Chopin

Easy Piano Pieces, Classical and Romantic Period, Volume II

Editor: Walter Georgii
Urtext Edition, paperbound (Collection)
HN 135

20.95 $available

Frédéric Chopin

Easy Piano Music - 18th and 19th Century, Volume I

Editor: Walter Georgii
Urtext Edition, paperbound (Collection)
HN 167

20.95 $available

Frédéric Chopin

Easy Piano Music - 18th and 19th Century, Volume II

Editor: Walter Georgii
Urtext Edition, paperbound (Collection)
HN 168

22.95 $available

Milo Cipra

Easy Piano Music - 18th and 19th Century, Volume II

Editor: Walter Georgii
Urtext Edition, paperbound (Collection)
HN 168

22.95 $available

Muzio Clementi

Piano Sonata "Didone abbandonata", Scena Tragica g minor op. 50 no. 3

Editor: Paul Mies
Urtext Edition, paperbound
HN 86

16.95 $available

Antonín Dvorák

Easy Piano Music - 18th and 19th Century, Volume II

Editor: Walter Georgii
Urtext Edition, paperbound (Collection)
HN 168

22.95 $available

Edvard Grieg

Easy Piano Music - 18th and 19th Century, Volume I

Editor: Walter Georgii
Urtext Edition, paperbound (Collection)
HN 167

20.95 $available

Georg Friedrich Händel

Air with Variations from Suite E major HWV 430 (The Harmonious Blacksmith)

Editor: Anthony Hicks
Urtext Edition, paperbound
HN 371

9.95 $available

Georg Friedrich Händel

Easy Piano Variations from the Baroque and Classic Period

Editor: Günter Lorenz
Urtext Edition, paperbound (Collection)
HN 261

17.95 $available

Johann Wilhelm Hässler

Easy Piano Pieces, Classical and Romantic Period, Volume II

Editor: Walter Georgii
Urtext Edition, paperbound (Collection)
HN 135

20.95 $available

Johann Wilhelm Hässler

Easy Piano Music - 18th and 19th Century, Volume I

Editor: Walter Georgii
Urtext Edition, paperbound (Collection)
HN 167

20.95 $available

Joseph Haydn

Easy Piano Variations from the Baroque and Classic Period

Editor: Günter Lorenz
Urtext Edition, paperbound (Collection)
HN 261

17.95 $available

Stephen Heller

Easy Piano Music - 18th and 19th Century, Volume I

Editor: Walter Georgii
Urtext Edition, paperbound (Collection)
HN 167

20.95 $available

Adolf Jensen

Easy Piano Music - 18th and 19th Century, Volume I

Editor: Walter Georgii
Urtext Edition, paperbound (Collection)
HN 167

20.95 $available

Theodor Kirchner

Easy Piano Pieces, Classical and Romantic Period, Volume II

Editor: Walter Georgii
Urtext Edition, paperbound (Collection)
HN 135

20.95 $available

Franz Liszt

Easy Piano Pieces, Classical and Romantic Period, Volume II

Editor: Walter Georgii
Urtext Edition, paperbound (Collection)
HN 135

20.95 $available

Franz Liszt

Easy Piano Music - 18th and 19th Century, Volume I

Editor: Walter Georgii
Urtext Edition, paperbound (Collection)
HN 167

20.95 $available

Franz Liszt

Easy Piano Music - 18th and 19th Century, Volume II

Editor: Walter Georgii
Urtext Edition, paperbound (Collection)
HN 168

22.95 $available

Edward Alexander MacDowell

Easy Piano Music - 18th and 19th Century, Volume I

Editor: Walter Georgii
Urtext Edition, paperbound (Collection)
HN 167

20.95 $available

Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy

Easy Piano Pieces, Classical and Romantic Period, Volume II

Editor: Walter Georgii
Urtext Edition, paperbound (Collection)
HN 135

20.95 $available

Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy

Easy Piano Music - 18th and 19th Century, Volume I

Editor: Walter Georgii
Urtext Edition, paperbound (Collection)
HN 167

20.95 $available

Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy

Easy Piano Music - 18th and 19th Century, Volume II

Editor: Walter Georgii
Urtext Edition, paperbound (Collection)
HN 168

22.95 $available

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Easy Piano Pieces, Classical and Romantic Period, Volume II

Editor: Walter Georgii
Urtext Edition, paperbound (Collection)
HN 135

20.95 $available

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Easy Piano Variations from the Baroque and Classic Period

Editor: Günter Lorenz
Urtext Edition, paperbound (Collection)
HN 261

17.95 $available

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Easy Piano Music - 18th and 19th Century, Volume I

Editor: Walter Georgii
Urtext Edition, paperbound (Collection)
HN 167

20.95 $available

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Easy Piano Music - 18th and 19th Century, Volume II

Editor: Walter Georgii
Urtext Edition, paperbound (Collection)
HN 168

22.95 $available

Modest Mussorgski

Easy Piano Music - 18th and 19th Century, Volume I

Editor: Walter Georgii
Urtext Edition, paperbound (Collection)
HN 167

20.95 $available

Modest Mussorgski

Easy Piano Music - 18th and 19th Century, Volume II

Editor: Walter Georgii
Urtext Edition, paperbound (Collection)
HN 168

22.95 $available

Franz Schubert

Easy Piano Pieces, Classical and Romantic Period, Volume II

Editor: Walter Georgii
Urtext Edition, paperbound (Collection)
HN 135

20.95 $available

Franz Schubert

Easy Piano Music - 18th and 19th Century, Volume I

Editor: Walter Georgii
Urtext Edition, paperbound (Collection)
HN 167

20.95 $available

Franz Schubert

Easy Piano Music - 18th and 19th Century, Volume II

Editor: Walter Georgii
Urtext Edition, paperbound (Collection)
HN 168

22.95 $available

Robert Schumann

Easy Piano Pieces, Classical and Romantic Period, Volume II

Editor: Walter Georgii
Urtext Edition, paperbound (Collection)
HN 135

20.95 $available

Robert Schumann

Easy Piano Music - 18th and 19th Century, Volume I

Editor: Walter Georgii
Urtext Edition, paperbound (Collection)
HN 167

20.95 $available

Robert Schumann

Easy Piano Music - 18th and 19th Century, Volume II

Editor: Walter Georgii
Urtext Edition, paperbound (Collection)
HN 168

22.95 $available

Bedrich Smetana

Easy Piano Music - 18th and 19th Century, Volume II

Editor: Walter Georgii
Urtext Edition, paperbound (Collection)
HN 168

22.95 $available

Marko Tajcevic

Easy Piano Music - 18th and 19th Century, Volume I

Editor: Walter Georgii
Urtext Edition, paperbound (Collection)
HN 167

20.95 $available

Peter Iljitsch Tschaikowsky

Easy Piano Pieces, Classical and Romantic Period, Volume II

Editor: Walter Georgii
Urtext Edition, paperbound (Collection)
HN 135

20.95 $available