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Alfred Einstein

Birthplace: Munich, Stadt Munchen, Bayern, Germany
Death: February 13, 1952 (70)
Immediate Family:

Son of Ludwig Louis Einstein and Johanna Einstein
Husband of Hertha Einstein
Father of Eva Harriet Einstein
Brother of Max Einstein and Bertha Einstein

Managed by: Howard Lesser
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About Alfred Einstein

Professor Alfred Einstein (PhD.) was a German-American musicologist and music editor. He is best known for being the editor of the first major revision of the Köchel catalogue of the works of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The revision was published in the year 1936. His 1945 volume Mozart: His Character, His Work was an influential study of Mozart and is perhaps his best known book. Einstein also researched and wrote popular histories of music, including the Short History of Music (1917), and Greatness in Music (1941). His credits also include a comprehensive, three-volume set The Italian Madrigal (1949) on the secular Italian form, the first detailed study of the subject.

On occasion, Alfred Einstein is misidentified or left out of publications about music, with credits erroneously attributed his celebrated physicist distant relative Albert Abraham Einstein (1879-1955).

Albert Einstein, a classically taught violinist in addition to his scientific schooling, was also, like Alfred, a lover of Mozart and chamber music.

According to, Alfred Einstein was Albert Einstein's "second cousin's husband's sister's husband's nephew." Or put more simply, Albert Einstein was Alfred Einstein's "aunt's brother's wife's second cousin."

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Alfred Einstein's Timeline

December 30, 1881
Munich, Stadt Munchen, Bayern, Germany
December 5, 1910
Munich, Stadt Munich, Bayern, Germany
February 13, 1952
Age 70