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Cerha, Friedrich

Cerha, Friedrich (b Vienna, 1926). Austrian composer and violinist. Co-founder with Schwertsik of instr. ens. ‘Die Reihe’ 1958 (Salzburg Fest. début 1965). Prof., Vienna Acad. 1969, teaching new mus. and elec. comp. Orch. Act III of Berg's Lulu (from composer's short score) for first complete perf., 1979. Works incl.: OPERAS: Netzwerk (1962–80); Baal (1974–81); Der Rattenfänger (1984–7).ORCH.: Spiegel I, for orch., II for 55 str., III–VII for orch. (1960–71); Fasce (1960–72); Langegger Nachtmusik I (1969), II (1971); Intersecazioni I for vn. and orch. (1959), II (1959–72); sym. (1975); conc. for vn., vc., orch. (1975); conc. for fl., bn., orch. (1982).CHAMBER ORCH.: Catalogue des objets trouvés (1968–9); Symphonies, wind, drums (1964); Curriculum, wind (1972); Movements I–III (1960); Enjambements (1959).VOICE(S) & ORCH.: Exercises, bar., spkr., chamber orch. (1962–8); Baal-Gesänge, bar., orch. (1982); Requiem für Hollensteiner, spkr., bar., ch., orch. (1983); Keintate, v., 11 instr. (1983).UNACC. CHORUS: Verzeichnis, 16 vv. (1969).

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