Frischenschlager, Friedrich

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Frischenschlager, Friedrich

Frischenschlager, Friedrich, Austrian composer and teacher; b. Gross Sankt Florian, Styria, Sept. 7, 1885; d. Salzburg, July 15, 1970. He studied music in Graz. In 1909 he went to Berlin, where he studied musicology with J. Wolf and Kretzschmar, and also attended Humperdinck’s master classes in composition. In 1918 he was engaged as a music teacher at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, and remained there until 1945; also ed. its bulletin. An industrious composer, Fritschenschlager wrote the fairy tale operas Der Schweinehirt, after Hans Christian Andersen (Berlin, May 31, 1913), Die Prinzessin und der Zwerg (Salzburg, May 12, 1927), and Der Kaiser und die Nachtigall, after Andersen (Salzburg, March 27, 1937). Other works include Symphonische Aphorismen for Orch., choral works, and teaching materials for voice.

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