Zemlinsky

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Faber & Faber, 2000 - 524 Seiten
Antony Beaumont has written a penetrating study of the composer and conductor Alexander Zemlinsky (1871-1942). 'Zemlinsky - all hail to you!', wrote the young Alma Mahler-Werfel, 'All hail to you and your art.' When she first met him, Zemlinsky was regarded as the most promising Viennese composer of his generation. Only long after his death, however, did his music begin to receive the attention it deserves. Founded on years of research in Europe and the USA, this is the first full-length biography of a key figure in the history of twentieth-century music. Apart from analyses of every major work - almost all of which are now available on CD - the author gives a detailed account of the composer's early years as a protege of Brahms and Mahler, of his complex friendship with Schoenberg, his kindly and helpful attitude towards the hypersensitive Webern and his heartfelt friendship with Berg. He also outlines Zemlinsky's career as a conductor, whom both Schoenberg and Stravinsky considered the finest they ever heard.

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Antony Beaumont was born in London and studied at King's College, Cambridge. He now lives in Germany where he is active as a conductor, lecturer, and freelance musicologist. In 1992, Beaumont was commissioned by the Hamburg State Opera to complete the orchestration of Zemlinsky's last opera, Der K nig Kandaules. Premi red in 1996, the work has since been staged by several other opera companies, recorded and televised. Beaumont has also edited and (where necessary) reconstructed several other major works from the composer's posthumous papers at the Library of Congress.Antony Beaumont is author of Busoni the Composer (Faber, 1985). He co-edited (with Susanne Rode-Breymann) Alma Mahler-Werfel's Diaries 1898-1902, his English translation of which was published to great acclaim by Faber in 1998.

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