Flury, Richard

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Flury, Richard

Flury, Richard, Swiss composer, conductor and teacher; b. Biberist, March 26, 1896; d. there, Dec. 23, 1967. He studied musicology in Basel, Bern, and Geneva, then theory and composition with Kurth, Hu-bert, Lauber, and Marx. He conducted orchs. and choral societies in Switzerland; taught at the Solothurn Canton School. He wrote an autobiography, Lebenserinnerungen (1950; with a list of works).

Works

DRAMATIC Opera : Eine florentinische Tragodic (1926); Die helle Nacht (1932); Casanova e I’Albertolli (1937). B a 1 1 e t : Die alte Truhe (1945). ORCH.: 7 syms.: No. 1 (1923), Fastnachts-Symphonic (1928), Tessiner Symphonic (No. 2, 1936), Waldsymphonie (1942), Bucheggbergische Symphonic (No. 3, 1946), Liechtensteinische Symphonic (No. 4, 1951), and No. 5 (1955–56); 6 symphonic overtures; 2 piano concertos (1927, 1943); 4 violin concertos (1933, 1940, 1944, 1965); Caprice for Violin and Orch. (1967). CHAMBER: Oboe Sonata (1926); 7 string quartets (1926,1929,1938,1940,1955,1958,1964); 3 cello sonatas (1937, 1941, 1966); Piano Quintet (1948); 11 violin sonatas (Nos. 5–11, 1940–61). KEYBOARD : Piano : Sonata (1920); 50 romantischc Stucke; 24 preludes. OTHER: 15 military marches and other music for Band; choruses; about 150 songs.

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