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Blacher, Boris

Josef Häusler

in Oxford Music Online

Published in print January 2001 | ISBN: 9780195173697
Published online January 2001 | e-ISBN: 9781561592630 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/gmo/9781561592630.article.03180
Blacher, Boris

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(b Niu-chang, China, Jan 19, 1903; b Berlin, Jan 30, 1975). German composer of Baltic descent.

In 1922 he went to Berlin, where he initially studied architecture and mathematics at the wish of his parents. He studied composition with Friedrich Ernst Koch at the Berlin Hochschule für Musik (1924–6) and read music under Schering, Blume and von Hornbostel at Berlin University (1927–31). Thereafter he worked in Berlin as a composer and arranger until his appointment in 1938 as director of a composition class at the Dresden Conservatory, a post he was obliged to relinquish the following year because his teaching was not in accord with Nazi cultural policy. After World War II he returned to his work as a composition teacher, first at the Internationales Musikinstitut in Berlin-Zehlendorf and then, from 1948, as a professor at the Berlin Hochschule für Musik, which he directed from ...

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Subjects: Contemporary Music

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