Wolpe, Stefan

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Wolpe, Stefan Gender: M
Stephan Friedrich Wolpe
born on 25 August 1902 at 05:30 (= 05:30 AM )
Place Berlin, Germany, 52n29, 13e21
Timezone MET h1e (is standard time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_vircol.18.gif 01°02' s_mo.18.gif s_taucol.18.gif 14°27 Asc.s_vircol.18.gif 04°33'


German-American composer whose first opera, Zeus und Elida, premiered in Berlin in 1928, followed by two more operas in 1929, Schöne Geschichten and Anna Blume. As an avid socialist, he also wrote a number of popular pieces for workers' unions and communist theatre groups.

When the Nazis came to power in Germany, Wolpe, a Jew and a convinced communist, fled the country, passing through Romania and Russia en route to Austria in 1933–1934, where he met and studied with Anton Webern. He later moved to Palestine in 1934–1938, where he wrote simple songs for the kibbutzim.

In 1938, Wolpe moved to New York City and in 1952 he married the poet Hilda Morley. From 1952 to 1956 he was director of music at Black Mountain College. On 24 January 1956, he was appointed to the faculty at the C.W. Post College of Long Island University in Brookville, New York. He also lectured at the summer schools in Darmstadt in Germany.

Wolpe developed Parkinson's disease in 1964, and died in New York City on 4 April 1972, aged 69.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • Relationship : Marriage 1952 (Hilda Morley)
  • Health : Medical diagnosis 1964 (Parkinson's)

Source Notes

Sy Scholfield provided birth registry entry from Berlin archives.


  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Parkinson's (Terminal)
  • Family : Relationship : Marriage more than 15 Yrs (Hilda Morley, 1952-1972)
  • Family : Relationship : Mate - Noted (Hilda Morley)
  • Lifestyle : Home : Expatriate (German emigrant to USA)
  • Personal : Death : Illness/ Disease (Parkinson's)
  • Vocation : Education : Teacher (Music)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Composer/ Arranger
  • Vocation : Entertain/Business : Director (Music)