Herman Scherchen

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Herman Scherchen

Death: June 12, 1966 (74)
Immediate Family:

Husband of August Maria Scherchen; Pia Scherchen; Gerda Scherchen and Xiao Scherchen
Father of Kurt / Karl Herman (John) Wolf - Woolford; David Scherchen; Myriam Scherchen; Esther Scherchen; Nathan Scherchen and 2 others

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About Herman Scherchen



His first wife - who was also his third wife - was Auguste Marie (Gustl) Jansen, whom he married on June 17, 1921. After a brief marriage to actress Gerda Müller 1927-1929, he was again together with Gustl Jansen. In 1936 Scherchen married Chinese composer Xiao Shuxian in Peking. A daughter, Tona Scherchen, was born to them in 1938. She has also made a name for herself as a composer. The last of his five wives was the Zurich based Romanian mathematics teacher Pia Andronescu,[6][7] with whom he had 5 children: Myriam, David, Esther, Nathan and Alexandra.

He died in Florence, survived by a number of children, from five wives and other women.

The sister of Auguste Maria Jansen, Helen (Lene) Jansen, was married to the Hungarian cartographer Alexander Radó, who, under the alias ‘Dora', was a member of the european-wide resistance organization known as the "Rote Kapelle". When Radó was threatened in Switzerland by German security agents and faced eviction, Hermann Scherchen hid him in his apartment in Geneva.