Musicologist Dr. Claus Oefner died – Thuringia Bach Festival mourns for founding member and former chairman

The musicologist and publicist Dr. Claus Oefner is dead. The school musician who was born in Themar on May 26, 1938, earned a reputation for Bach and telemann care in Thuringia after studying music pedagogy and science in Weimar and Halle.

Dr. Claus Oefner was the founder of the Eisenacher Telemann-Tage in the early 1980s and later became a founding member and long-standing chairman of the Thüringer Bachwochen. “With Dr. Claus Oefner, the Thuringia Bach Festival is losing an important contributor to the festival, which has mainly shaped the festival in its first decade. We are also mourning for a major pioneer of the Old Music in Thuringia. I also personally mourn for Claus Oefner, whom I have greatly appreciated from the outset and to whom I was very much attached in spirit. I thank him for his valuable and friendly support,” said Silvius von Kessel, Chairman of the Thuringia Bach Festival.
From 1990 to 2002 Dr. Claus Oefner was director of the Bachhaus Eisenach and published numerous texts and books on the musical life in Eisenach, the family Bach and the composer Georg-Philipp Telemann. Oefner was also the founding President of the Permanent Conference of Middle-German Baroque Music in Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia. In 1999 he received the Federal Service Cross and the prestigious Georg Philipp Telemann Prize of the state capital Magdeburg. In the presidency of the Landesmusikrat Thuringia, he had worked with passion and expertise for more than 20 years, especially for the older music.


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