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Hans Knappertsbusch (March 12, 1888 - October 25, 1965) was a German conductor, best known for his performances of the music of Richard Wagner, Anton Bruckner and Richard Strauss.

Knappertsbusch was born in Elberfeld (present-day Wuppertal). He studied philosophy at Bonn University and conducting at the Cologne Conservatory with Steinbach. For a few summers, he assisted Siegfried Wagner and Hans Richter at Bayreuth. He began his career with conducting jobs in Elberfeld (1913–1918), Leipzig (1918–1919) and Dessau (1919–1922… read more

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