Berger, Theodor, Austrian composer; b. Traismauer an der Donau, May 18, 1905; d. Vienna, Aug. 21, 1992. He was a pupil of Korngold and Schmidt at the Vienna Academy of Music (1926–32). Under the influence of his teachers, he evolved a new Romantic style of composition.
DRAMATIC: Ballet: Homerische Sinfonie (1948); Heiratsannoncen (1958). ORCH: Malinconia for Strings (1938); Ballade (1941); Legende vom Prinzen Eugen (1942); Rondino giocoso for Strings (1947); Concerto manuale for 2 Pianos, Marimbaphone, Metallophone, Strings, and Percussion (1951); La parola (1954); Violin Concerto (1954); Sinfonia Parabolica (1956); Sinfonia Macchinale (1956); Symphonischer Triglyph (1957); Jahreszeiten, sym. (1958). CHAMBER: 2 string quartets (1930, 1931). VOCAL: Frauenstimmen im Orchester for Women’s Chorus, Harps, and Strings (1959); Divertimento for Men’s Chorus, 7 Wind Instruments, and Percussion (1968).
—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire
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