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Schmidt, Franz (opera)

Peter P. Pachl

in Oxford Music Online

Published in print December 1992 |
Published online January 2002 | e-ISBN: 9781561592630 | DOI:

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(b Pressburg [now Bratislava], Dec 22, 1874; d Perchtoldsdorf, nr Vienna, Feb 11, 1939). Austrian composer. Mainly self-taught as a pianist and composer, he studied briefly with Bruckner, Robert Fuchs and Ferdinand Hellmesberger at the Vienna conservatory. While working as a cellist in the Vienna Hofoper orchestra (1896–1911) he taught the cello at the conservatory of the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde (1901–9). In 1914 he was appointed professor of piano at the Vienna Staatsakademie, serving as its director from 1925 until 1927 when he succeeded Joseph Marx as a director of the Musikhochschule; he retired in 1937, owing to failing health.

His compositions, which include four symphonies, chamber and organ music and the oratorio Das Buch mit sieben Siegeln (composed 1935–7 and first staged at the 1987 Salzburg Festival), show sensitive melodic invention and reveal the influence of Bruckner, Mahler, Reger, Schoenberg and Debussy. Romanticism, expressionism and atonality can all be found in his music. In his first opera, ...

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Subjects: Opera

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