Google Pays Homage To Kurt Masur Via Doodle
The world-renowned maestro conductor, Kurt Masur would have been 91 years old today
If you’ve gone to the Google search page today, you might have noticed Google’s Doodle on top of the search bar has a beautifully drawn picture of a conductor. If you happen to click the image, then it would bring you to the search results for Kurt Masur.
While perhaps not too well known by younger generations, Kurt Masur was a legendary German conductor and humanitarian who would have turned 91 today.
Born in 1927 in what used to be German (now Polish) town of Brieg, Masur grew up studying music. He trained as an organist, pianist, percussionist, and cellist until he was 16 years old before moving towards conducting after a damaged a tendon and had to stop playing. Before working at the Halle Opera House, Masur briefly studied conducting, composition and piano at the University of Music and Theatre Leipzig until he was 21 years old.
He then went on to have an extremely successful career, landing top positions in the world’s most famed orchestras, ranging from the Orchestre National de France to the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Masur was probably most known for conducting Brahms’s Ein Deutsches Requiem at the New York Philharmonic after the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center. The video below shows Mesur conducting "Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73" at the Church of St. Nicola in Leipzig, Germany.
In addition to being a world-renowned conductor, Masur was also a huge humanitarian. In that light, he is probably best known for his intervention between the Soviets and East Germany back in 1989. It was there he helped facilitate meetings that would bypass violence. The New York Times reported that post- Communist, pre-reunification leaders of East Germany even considered appointing him president.
Throughout his life, Masur also received numerous honors, including New York City Cultural Ambassador, Commander Cross of Merit of the Polish Republic, Grand Officer of the Legion of Honor from the French government, the Leo Baeck Medal for promoting tolerance and social justice, Honorary Citizen of Brieg, and a Goldene Henne award for public policy work.
Masur died at the age of 88 in Greenwich, Connecticut, from complications of Parkinson’s disease on Dec. 19, 2015. Today, Google pays homage to his long and successful life with the black and white Doodle depicting Masur’s “robust conducting style.”
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