Bischof, Rainer, Austrian composer; b. Vienna, June 20, 1947. He studied law, philosophy, art history, and pedagogy at the Univ. of Vienna (Ph.D., 1973), composition at the Vienna Academy of Music (1965), and privately with Apostel (1967–72). After serving as president of the Austrian Composers Union (1984–86), he was a lecturer on aesthetics at the Vienna Hochschule für Musik (from 1987) and general secretary of the Vienna Sym. Orch. (from 1988). His music follows the tenets of the Second Viennese School.
CHAMBER Opera Das Donauergeschenk (1990; Vienna, June 22, 1991). ORCH.: Deduktion for String Orch. (1973–74); Orchesterstücke (1976–82); Concerto for Flute and Strings (1978-79; Innsbruck, Jan. 22, 1981); Double Concerto for Violin, Cello, and Orch. (1979-80; Zurich, June 9, 1983); Organ Concerto (1983-86; Vienna, March 5, 1987); Largo Desolato for Strings (1985); Come uno sviluppo...stracci, chamber sym. (1988–89); Studia in PP (1991). CHAMBER: Duo for Flute and Clarinet (1970); Thema una 7 Variationen for Oboe and Cello (1970); Wind Quartet for Flute, Clarinet, Horn, and Bassoon (1971); Charakteristische Differenzen for Violin and Piano (1974); Studien zum Flöten-Konzert for Flute (1978); Musik for 6 Recorders (1982–83); Viola Tricolor, 32 variations for Viola (1982); String Quartet (1983–86); Trio Fragile 1985 for Violin, Cello, and Piano (1985); Mallet Ricarcare for Xylophone, Vibraphone, and Marimbaphone (1988); Nightwoods for Saxophone Quartet (1988); Trio 89 for Violin, Cello, and Piano (1989); String Trio (1989–90); String Sextet (1989–90); Hawa Naschira for Violin (1990–91). VOCAL: Various works, including song cycles.
—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire