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Weingartner, (Paul) Felix, Edler von Münzberg

Weingartner, (Paul) Felix, Edler von Münzberg (b Zara, Dalmatia, 1863; d Winterthur, Switz., 1942). Austrian conductor, composer, and writer. Pupil of Liszt 1883 at Weimar, who recommended his opera Sakuntala for production in Weimar in 1884. Opera cond., Königsberg 1884–5, Danzig 1885–7, Hamburg 1887–9, Mannheim 1889–91, Berlin 1891–8, Vienna (after Mahler) 1907–11, Hamburg 1912–14, Darmstadt 1914–19, Vienna Volksoper 1919–24, Boston 1912–13. His orch. appointments included Berlin royal concerts 1891–1907, Kaim Orch., Munich, 1898–1905, Vienna PO 1907–27, Basle 1927–33. Dir., Basle Cons. 1927–35, dir. Vienna Opera 1935–6. Guest cond., London orchs. from 1898. CG début 1939. NY concert début 1904. Amer. opera début (Boston) 1912. Salzburg Fest. début 1934. Comp. several operas, 7 syms. (1899–1937), sym.-poems, concs. (vn., vc.), choral works, 5 str. qts., etc. Wrote autobiography and several other books, incl. treatise on cond. and on interpretation of Beethoven syms.

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Weingartner, Felix

Felix Weingartner (fā´lĬks vīn´gärtnər), 1863–1942, Austrian conductor and composer, b. Dalmatia, studied at the Leipzig Conservatory and with Liszt. After holding several appointments in Germany, including those of conductor (1891–98) of the Royal Opera in Berlin and conductor (1898–1903) of the Kaim Orchestra in Munich, he conducted (1908–10) at the Vienna State Opera, where he was successor to Mahler. He was music director (1912–14) at Hamburg and conductor from 1919 to 1924 of the Vienna Volksoper and from 1919 to 1927 of the Vienna Philharmonic. Afterward he directed the Basel Conservatory until 1934, when he returned to the Vienna State Opera for two seasons. He composed, among other works, six symphonies, three symphonic poems, and several operas. His writings on music include an important essay on conducting, and he edited (1899) the complete works of Berlioz.

See his Lebenserinnerungen (1928, tr. Buffets and Rewards, a Musician's Reminiscences, 1937).

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