Composer and musicologist Aloys Fleischmann recalls his early life spent in Cork and his musical education.
Due to an unforeseen circumstances, Aloys Fleischmann was born in Munich in 1910, to German parents based in Cork.
I’d much prefer to have been born in Cork as always I find that everyone imagines that I’m a German blow-in you see, of recent origins.
His mother, a pianist and piano teacher Tilly Swertz was born in Cork to German parents. She studied at the Royal Academy of Music in Munich, where she met and married his father Aloys Fleischmann senior, an organist and choirmaster from Dachau. They both moved to Cork before Aloys junior was born.
Fleischmann was educated in the Cork kindergarten Scoil Íte, established by Mary and Annie MacSwiney, sisters of author and politician Terence MacSwiney. Mary MacSwiney was one of the founders of Cumann na mBan. Fleischmann also attended the Christian Brothers College in Cork, and St Finbarr's College in Farranferris. As both his parents were music graduates, it was always assumed he would be a musician.
Music was going all day, year in and year out, in my family.
Fleischmann graduated from University College Cork (UCC) with a BA and a BMus and went on to do an MA. He started composing when he was very young and studied composition, conducting and musicology at the Academy of Music and University of Munich. While there, he wrote a piano suite that was subsequently published.
In 1963 Fleischmann completed a doctorate in music in UCC and and he held the position of professor of music there from 1934 until 1980.
Aloys Fleischmann died in Cork on 21 July 1992.
‘Composers in Conversation’ was broadcast on 11 June 1988. The presenter is Dermot Rattigan.