Abendroth, Hermann. (1883–1956)
Signed halftone photograph of the great German conductor, who has boldly signed in ink to the lower margin of a single sheet removed from a concert program. In fine condition. 5.25 x 7.5 inches (13.5 x 19 cm.).
Abendroth replaced Bruno Walter as conductor of the Leipzig Gewandhausorchester in 1934, when Walter was dismissed as a Jew. Although Abendroth had initially been scrutinized by German authorities for his liberal views, he adapted to his circumstances and became an approved figure, officially joining the Nazi Party in 1937. After World War II, Abendroth's Nazi background initially had him blacklisted, but he then became an important conductor and cultural figure in the GDR. Signed material from Abendroth is rare.