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Demian, Wilhelm

Octavian Cosma

in Oxford Music Online

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

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(b Braşov, 9/June 22, 1910). Romanian composer and conductor of Hungarian descent. After attending the Braşov Conservatory (1925–8) he studied composition with Stöhr at the Vienna Hochschule für Musik (1929–33). Demian conducted the Karl Goldmark Orchestra in Cluj (1935–40) and the Transylvania PO (1948–9), then in 1949 became conductor of the Hungarian Opera in Cluj and a lecturer at the Cluj Academy; he also directed the Cluj PO (1955–6). Though Demian started to compose in 1927, his main period of compositional output began in 1947 with the Symphony no.1. His style has remained within the limits of post-Romanticism. The opera Capcana, his best work, displays his fascination for the musical theatre. His writings include Teoria instrumentelor (Bucharest, 1968).

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Subjects: Contemporary Music

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