Genzmer, Harald, German composer and pedagogue; b. Blumenthal, Feb. 9, 1909. After piano and organ lessons in Marburg, he studied with Hindemith at the Berlin Hochschule fur Musik. He taught at the Berlin Volksmusikschule (1938–45), and then was a prof. Of composition at the Freiburg im Breisgau Hochschule für Musik (1946–57) and the Munich Hochschule für Musik (1957–74). Hindemith proved a major influence on his music, which is especially notable for its display of skillful craftsmanship in a utilitarian manner.
ORCH Bremer Sinfonie (1942); 3 numbered syms. (1957, 1958, 1986); 3 piano concertos (1948–74); Cello Concerto (1950); Flute Concerto (1954); Violin Concerto (1959); Concerto for Harp and Strings (1965); Viola Concerto (1967); 2 concertos for Trumpet and Strings (1968, 1985); Concerto for Cello and Winds (1969); Sinfonia da camera (1970); 2 organ concertos (1970, 1980); Concerto for Trumpet and Large Wind Orch. (1971–72); Chamber Concerto for Viola and Strings (1973); Musik (1977–78); Sinfonia per Giovani (1979); Concerto for 2 Clarinets and Strings (1983); Lyrisches Konzert for Cello and Orch. (1984); Concerto for 4 Horns and Orch. (1984); Concerto for Cello, Double Bass, and Strings (1985); Cassation for Strings (1987); Saxophone Concerto (1992). B a l l e t : Kokua (1951); Der Zauberspiegel (1965). CHAMBER: Trio for Violin, Cello, and Piano (1944); Trio for Flute, Viola, and Harp (1947); Quintet for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Horn, and Bassoon (1956–57); Sonata for Solo Violin (1957); Sonata for Cello and Harp (1963); Trio for Piano, Violin, and Cello (1964); Sextet for 2 Clarinets, 2 Horns, and 2 Bassoons (1966); Quartet for Violin, Viola, Cello, and Double Bass (1967); Quintet for 2 Trumpets, Horn, Trombone, and Tuba (1970); Sonata for Trumpet and Organ (1971); Trombone Sonata (1971); Trio for Flute, Horn or Cello, and Harpsi-chord or Piano (1973); Bassoon Sonata (1974); Sonata for Solo Flute (1975); Sonata for Trombone and Organ (1977); Sonata for Cello and Organ (1979); Sonata for 2 Flutes (1981); Vibraphone Sonata (1981); Sonata for Solo Cello (1982); Mallet/Spiele for Marimbaphone/Vibraphone (1966); Guitar Sonata (1986); Konzert 1994 for Trumpet, Trombone, and Organ (1994); piano pieces; organ music. VOCAL: Jimenez-Kantate for Soprano, Chorus, and Orch. (1962); Mistral- Kantate for Soprano and Orch. (1969–70); Deutsche Messe for Chorus and Organ (1973); Oswald von Wolkenstein, cantata for Soprano, Baritone, Chorus, and Orch. (1975–76); The Mystic Trumpeter, cantata for Soprano or Tenor, Trumpet, and Strings (1978); Geistliche Kantate for Soprano, Men’s Chorus, Organ, and Percussion (1979); Kantate 1981 nach engl. Barockgedichten for Soprano, Chorus, and Orch. (1981).
M. Briick and R. Miinster, H. G.: Ausstellung zum 80. Geburtstag: Musiklesesaal, 8. September-17. November 1989 (Munich, 1989).
—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire