A life marked by the fear of life – Hugo Distler (1908-1942): a biographical sketch
ORGEL 104 (2008), nr. 4, 4-11 [summary]
Hugo Distler (born 24 June, 1908) was raised by his grandparents. He
studied at Leipzig conservatory with Günter Ramin an Hermann
Grabner, among others. These teachers remained important counselors
during Distler’s whole career.
On 1 January, 1931 Distler was named organist and director of church
music of the Jakobikirche in Lübeck. In particular the
Stellwagen organ in this church was artistically important for Distler.
Distler’s work was determined by the ideals of the
Orgelbewegung and the Singbewegung [Singing movement].
From 1937 to 1940 Distler had a position at the Musikhochschule in
Stuttgart. In this period he composed many secular works. The last two
years of his life, Distler worked in Berlin, as teacher at the
Musikhochschule and as conductor of the Berliner Staats- und Domchor.
On 1 November, 1942, Distler committed suicide.