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Gottfried von Einem

(1918—1996)


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(b Berne, 1918, d Oberndürnbach, 1996).

Austrian composer. Chorus coach Berlin State Opera and at Bayreuth 1938–43; resident comp. and mus. adv. Dresden State opera 1944. One of Salzburg Fest. administrators 1948–66; lect., Vienna Konzerthaus Gesellschaft 1946–66; prof. of comp., Vienna Hochschule für Musik 1965–72. Essentially a tonal composer, Einem had considerable success in the opera house where his melodic gifts and command of colour were well deployed. Works incl.:

operas:

Dantons Tod

(1944–6);

Der Prozess

(1950–2);

Der Zerrissene

(1961–4);

Der Besuch der alten DameThe Visit of the Old Lady

(, 1970);

Kabale und Liebe

(1970–5);

Jesu Hochzeit

(1978–9);

Prinz Chocolat

(1982–3);

Tulifant

(1990).

ballets:

Prinzessin Turandot

(1942–3);

Rondo vom goldenen Kalb

(1950);

Glück, Tod und Traum

(1953);

Medusa

(1957).

orch.:

Capriccio

(1943);

Concerto for Orch

. (1943);

Meditations

(1954); pf. conc. (1955);

Symphonische Szenen

(1956);

Ballade

(1957);

Dance‐Rondo

(1959);

Philadelphia Symphony

(1960);

Nachtstück

(1960); vn. conc. (1966–7);

Hexameron

(1969);

Bruckner Dialog

(1971);

Wiener‐Symphonie

(1976);

Ludi Leopoldini

(1980).

choral:

Hymnus an Goethe

, cont., ch., orch. (1949);

Von der Liebe

, high v., orch. (1961);

Kammergesänge

(1965);

Rosa mystica

, bar., orch. (1972); and songs.

chamber music:

vn. sonata (1949); 2 pf. sonatinas (1947); 3 str. qts. (1975, 1977, 1980); solo vn. sonata (1975); wind quintet (1976).

Subjects: Literature — Music.


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