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Google doodle remembers Kurt Masur, a German conductor and humanitarian for his musical skills, outstanding political services and tireless efforts for his nation. Kurt Masur is not just famous for his music skills but is well-known for his political and humanitarian services as well and was an influential figure in East Germany. He was born in Brieg, Poland and was a trained professional on piano, cello, organ, and percussion. He led an outstanding musical career and landing the top posts in the world’s famed orchestras.
One of his notable act came in the year 1989 when there were violent activities going on between the East Germans and communist Soviet rule. Kurt Masur intervened to help and facilitate a meeting among the rival parties. On his successful intervention, leaders of Germany considered appointing him as the President.
At a young age, he was forced to play in Volkssturm, an army band established by the Nazis in late 1944, but an inoperable injury to his hand at the age of 16 had created permanent tendon problems. This injury forced him to move away from playing instruments and moving onto conducting and that is the reason for him not using a baton. During his lifetime, he led various orchestras and opera companies in East Germany after the war.
Kurt Masur spent 26 years leading the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and conducted Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony at the celebration of German reunification. He was the director of the New York Philharmonic from 1991, a year after German reunification, to 2002. The terror attacks of 11 September 2001 occurred during his tenure in New York. He performed at the Ground Zero helping the people of New York in their saddest times.
In the year 2012, Kurt Masur announced some bad news about his health and told that he is suffering from Parkinson’s disease for many tears. In that year he was sent to the hospital after falling off the podium in a concert in Paris.
Kurt Masur died at the age of 88 in Greenwich, Connecticut due to the complication of Parkinson’s disease on Dec 19, 2015.