Title: Ludwig Altman Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1943-1989
Collection number: ARCHIVES ALTMAN 1
Extent: Number of containers: 1 document box, 2 cartons
Linear feet: 3.0
Berkeley, California 94720-6000
Shelf location: For current information on the location of these
materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
Gift of Emmy Altman (widow of Ludwig) in 1991-92
Collection is open for research.
All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in
writing to the Head of the Music Library.
[Identification of item] Ludwig Altman papers, ARCHIVES ALTMAN 1, The Music Library,
University of California, Berkeley.
Altman, Ludwig, German-American organist and composer b. Breslau, Sept. 2, 1910; d. San
Francisco, Nov. 27, 1990. He studied at the University of Breslau with Arnold Schmitz and
Peter Epstein; from 1929 to 1933 he attended courses of Hans Joachim Moser, Arnold
Schering, Johannes Wolf, and Friedreich Blume at the State Academy for Sacred Music in
Berlin; also took private lessons in organ playing with Arthur Zubke. He remained in
Berlin for three years after Hitler's advent to power, serving as organist at the Neue
Synagoge, the largest Jewish synagogue still in operation (1933-36). In 1936 he emigrated
to America; settled in San Francisco; in 1937 became organist and choral director at
Temple Emanu-El; from 1940 to 1973 was organist of the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra.
From 1948 to 1965 he was also organist of the Bach festivals in Carmel, Calif.; in 1952
he became Municipal Organist of San Francisco. He composed numerous scores of sacred
music, among them
Sabbath Music for Cantor, Choir, and Organ (1963);
The Blessing of Moses for Baritone Solo, Choir, and Organ (1977); several
Psalms for Voice and Organ; and works for organ solo. He furthermore edited Beethoven's
organ works, Telemann's
Suite Baroque, pieces by C.P.E. Bach for Organ
Clock, and some organ compositions by Mendelssohn. As a concert organist he appeared in
solo recitals in London, Berlin, Hamburg, Munich, Stuttgart, Frankfurt, Bern, Lausanne,
and Zurich, as well as in San Francisco, in programs of Baroque and Classical music with
a generous inclusion of ultramodern works by contemporary composers, receiving undiluted
praise in the press.
Biographical Dictionary of Musicians,