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Wilhelm Furtwängler

The famous German conductor and composer spent a few years of his life, from 1944 to 1947, in Clarens (Montreux), where he had settled on Madame-de-Warens' path, near the port of Le Basset.

His widow, Elisabeth Furtwängler, also lived there until her death at the age of 102 in 2013.

Wilhelm Furtwängler liked to walk around here and by the lake.

He was one of the most important conductors in the history of Western classical music, thanks in particular to his performances of German and Austrian symphonic music, which are still a reference for musicologists and performers today.

Produced by the Montreux sculptor Bernard Bavaud, also author of the statues of Richard Strauss and Miles Davis, installed on the Quai de Vernex, the bust of the illustrious conductor is offered to the Commune of Montreux by the Furtwängler family and the Furtwängler Associations of Berlin, Paris and Tokyo, whose wish was to place a bust of the famous conductor in Montreux, a place he particularly loved.

Its inauguration took place on 28 August 2016.

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