Composer and violinist most widely known for his opera “Mathis der Maler” from 1938 and “Das Marienleben,” his tune routine from 1923. He researched structure, violin, and performing on the Hoch’sche Konservatorium in Frankfurt. His early income originated from playing in dance rings and musical-comedy groupings. He was publicly denounced as an “atonal noisemaker” by Nazi Minister of Propaganda Joseph Goebbels. He emigrated from Germany to Switzerland in 1938 to flee the Nazis because his wife was partly Jewish. His neoclassical design of music was seriously influenced with the contrapuntal vocabulary of Johann Sebastian Bach.