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Hans von Bülow
Hans von Bülow, a prominent figure of the music history of the 2nd half of the 19th century, had close ties with the town of Meiningen.
As a pianist, he was part of the Franz Liszt tradition, while he had studied conducting with Richard Wagner. Bülow's contributions in both areas were as innovative as they were creative – he formed the paradigmatic image of the modern conductor. A central concern of Bülow's was the notion that the markings of composers are to be followed exactly. His performances of both the classical repertory and the works of his contemporaries set new standards. He was not only active as a conductor and solo pianist, but also had a passion for interpreting chamber and vocal music.
Bülow was an enthusiastic pedagogue, renowned not only for the master classes he famously gave at the height of his career. He also held teaching positions at the Stern Conservatory in Berlin and the Munich Music School. Additionally, he privately instructed many young people, some of whom were not interested in making music their profession. Bülow worked with musically gifted amateurs, including instrumentalists and choir singers in Meiningen. He strived for excellent artistic results with all of his students.