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Kornauth, Egon

Gerold W. Gruber

in Oxford Music Online

Published in print January 2001 |
Published online January 2001 | e-ISBN: 9781561592630 | DOI:

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(b Olmütz, May 14, 1891; d Vienna, Oct 28, 1959). Austrian composer and pianist. As a child he studied the piano, making his début at the age of 15; he also played the organ in his home town church, and the cello in an amateur string quartet and in the Brno theatre and symphony orchestra. In 1909 he moved to Vienna, studying at the Academy of Music with Robert Fuchs, among others, and at the university, where he changed his focus from philology to musicology (graduated 1915) and became a student of Guido Adler. Differences quickly developed between Kornauth and his next teacher, Schreker, whose interest in dramatic music did not accord with his pupil’s preference for lyrical composition. More apt supervision followed with Franz Schmidt.

In 1910 Kornauth acted as accompanist for the Vienna Gesangsverein on an American tour. He served as coach at the Vienna Staatsoper from ...

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Subjects: Contemporary Music

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