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Walter Courvoisier

Birthday: February 7, 1875
Date of death: December 27, 1931

About Walter Courvoisier

As a composition teacher at the Munich Academy of Music, Swiss-born Walter Courvoisier (1875-1931) was one of the outstanding figures of Germany’s music scene in the first third of the 20th century (after first studying medicine, following a family tradition). Among his composition students were Dora Pejačević (1885-1923), Paul Ben-Haim (1897-1984), Hermann Reutter (1900-1985), and Heinrich Sutermeister (1910-1995). Courvoisier himself was a pupil of Ludwig Thuille (1861-1907), whose musical and educational legacy in particular he felt bound to, and as such is counted among the inner circle of the "Munich School".