Eleonore Büning

Eleonore Büning
Born Elisabeth Eleonore Bauer
(1952-01-02) 2 January 1952
Frankfurt am Main, West Germany
Education Free University of Berlin
Occupation Music journalist
Organization Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Elisabeth Eleonore Büning (nee Bauer; born 2 January 1952) is a German music journalist and writer, known for her opera reviews in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

Early life and education

Elisabeth Eleonore Bauer was born in Frankfurt am Main and raised in Bonn.[1] She attended the Elly-Heuss-Knapp-Gymnasium, where she graduated in 1970. She took up studies in music, theatre and literature at the Free University of Berlin.[1] She completed several internships for music therapy at the University Hospital of the Medizinische Hochschule Hannover and gave music lessons.[2]

Writing career

Since 1978, Büning has written essays for music journals.[1] In 1989, she put forward a dissertation titled A. B. Marx und Beethoven in der Berliner Allgemeinen Musikalischen Zeitung (1824–1830), in which she examined the origins of Beethoven. It was published in a book, titled Wie Beethoven auf den Sockel kam, in 1992.[3][4]

In 1997, Büning began writing for the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung,[4] and has been an editor in the features section of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung since 2008.[2] In addition, she presents music programs such as Klassikforum on WDR 3.[4] Since November 2011, Büning has chaired the Prize of the German Record Critics.[5]


Büning is an observer of the international opera scene, especially of works by Richard Wagner. She wrote in 2013 in her obituary of Patrice Chéreau, who had staged the Jahrhundertring for the centenary of the Bayreuth Festival, that the French team revolutionised the understanding of Wagner in Germany.[6] She has followed the Wagner project in Minden with the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie. Comparing a production of Tristan und Isolde in 2012 at the small house to international stagings, she noted that it restored sensuality and a dream-like quality to Wagner's work ("Wann haben wir so etwas zum letzten Mal gesehen, wenn nicht im Traum?").[7] In her review of the 2016 Bayreuth production of the same work, staged by Katharina Wagner and conducted by Christian Thielemann, she devoted a long section to an analysis of the mixture of sounds in the Bayreuth Festival Theatre.[8]

Selected works

She published Wie Beethoven auf den Sockel kam. Die Entstehung eines musikalischen Mythos., exploring how Ludwig van Beethoven arrived at cult status. Talks about classical music with the baritone Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau appeared as Musik im Gespräch. Streifzüge durch die Klassik. in 2003. She was among the authors of two publications by the Zeitverlag which also publishes the weekly Die Zeit, dealing with the life and music of the pianist Maurizio Pollini, and with the Alban Berg Quartett.


  1. 1 2 3 "Eleonore Büning" (in German). WDR. Retrieved 5 August 2016.
  2. 1 2 "Eleonore Büning" (in German). Faz.net. Retrieved 5 August 2016.
  3. "Suche nach Literatur, Noten, audiovisuellen Medien" (in German). Beethoven-Haus Bonn Bibliothek. Retrieved 5 August 2016.
  4. 1 2 3 "Eleonore Büning" (in German). Suhrkamp.de. Retrieved 5 August 2016.
  5. "Musikkritiker unter neuer Führung: Eleonore Büning zur Vorsitzenden des „Preises der deutschen Schallplattenkritik" gewählt" (in German). Nmz. Retrieved 5 August 2016.
  6. Büning, Eleonore (8 October 2013). "Nachruf auf Patrice Chéreau / Erschütterer der Opernwelt". Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (in German). Frankfurt. Retrieved 11 October 2013.
  7. Büning, Eleonore (11 August 2012). "Richard Wagner in Minden / Hier weht Bayreuths Fahne auf dem Dach". Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (in German). Frankfurt. Retrieved 12 August 2016.
  8. Büning, Eleonore (3 August 2016). "Bayreuther Festspiele 2016 / Wie wuchtig die junge Braut ihre Verzweiflung herausschleudert!". Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (in German). Frankfurt. Retrieved 12 August 2016.
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