Hochschule Für Musik Und Theater München - History

History

First founded in 1846 as a private institute, it was transformed in 1867 by King Ludwig II into the Royal Bavarian Music School at the suggestion of Wagner. It was financed privately by Ludwig until it received the status of state institution in 1874. It has since been renamed several times; to the Royal Academy of the Art of Music, the State Academy of Music, and the Munich Music College. Its original location, the Odeonsgebäude, was destroyed in 1944.

The current building was constructed for the Nazi party by Paul Troost; it was called the Führerbau. Neville Chamberlain and Adolf Hitler signed the Munich Agreement in this building in 1938. Hitler's office, on the second floor above the entryway, is now a rehearsal room, but has been changed little since it was built.

The 1974 Bavarian University Act placed the Munich college, as well as all other Bavarian music colleges, on an educational par with art colleges.

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