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Einem, Gottfried von

Einem, Gottfried von (b Berne, 1918, d Oberndürnbach, 1996). Austrian composer. Chorus coach Berlin State Opera and at Bayreuth 1938–43; resident comp. and mus. adv. Dresden State opera 1944. One of Salzburg Fest. administrators 1948–66; lect., Vienna Konzerthaus Gesellschaft 1946–66; prof. of comp., Vienna Hochschule für Musik 1965–72. Essentially a tonal composer, Einem had considerable success in the opera house where his melodic gifts and command of colour were well deployed. Works incl.:OPERAS: Dantons Tod (1944–6); Der Prozess (1950–2); Der Zerrissene (1961–4); Der Besuch der alten Dame (The Visit of the Old Lady, 1970); Kabale und Liebe (1970–5); Jesu Hochzeit (1978–9); Prinz Chocolat (1982–3); Tulifant (1990).BALLETS: Prinzessin Turandot (1942–3); Rondo vom goldenen Kalb (1950); Glück, Tod und Traum (1953); Medusa (1957).ORCH.: Capriccio (1943); Concerto for Orch. (1943); Meditations (1954); pf. conc. (1955); Symphonische Szenen (1956); Ballade (1957); Dance-Rondo (1959); Philadelphia Symphony (1960); Nachtstück (1960); vn. conc. (1966–7); Hexameron (1969); Bruckner Dialog (1971); Wiener-Symphonie (1976); Ludi Leopoldini (1980).CHORAL: Hymnus an Goethe, cont., ch., orch. (1949); Von der Liebe, high v., orch. (1961); Kammergesänge (1965); Rosa mystica, bar., orch. (1972); and songs.CHAMBER MUSIC: vn. sonata (1949); 2 pf. sonatinas (1947); 3 str. qts. (1975, 1977, 1980); solo vn. sonata (1975); wind quintet (1976).

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