Ernst Krenek: Important composer’s autograph on Viennese program, signed in 1968.
The Autograph comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.
Size: 4,2 x 9,2 inches. 10 pages. Fine condition. Program for “ Orpheus und Eurydike” after a work by Oskar Kokoschka. The composter of this opera and the conductor of this concert was Ernst Krenek.
Ernst Krenek (1900 –1991) was an Austrian (and from 1945 an American) composer. He explored atonality and other modern styles and wrote a number of books, including Music Here and Now (1939), a study of Johannes Ockeghem (1953), and Horizons Circled: Reflections on my Music (1974).
His journalism was banned and his music was targeted in Germany by the Nazi Party beginning in 1933. On March 6, one day after elections in which the Nazis gained control of the Reichstag, Krenek's incidental music to Goethe's Triumph der Empfindsamkeit was withdrawn in Mannheim, and eventually pressure was brought to bear on the Vienna State Opera, which cancelled the commissioned premiere of Karl V. The jazz imitations of Jonny spielt auf were included in the 1938 Degenerate art exhibition in Munich.
In 1938 Krenek moved to the United States of America, where he taught music at various universities, including Hamline University in Saint Paul, Minnesota from 1942-1947. He became an American citizen in 1945. His students included George Perle, Robert Erickson, Halim El-Dabh, Will Ogdon, Thomas Nee, and Richard Maxfield. He died in Palm Springs, California.
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