Mieg, Peter

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Mieg, Peter

Mieg, Peter, Swiss composer and painter; b. Lenzburg, Sept. 5, 1906; d. there, Dec. 7, 1990. He studied composition, piano, and theory with CA. Richter in Lenzburg, and then continued his musical training with H. Munch in Basel, E. Frey in Zürich, and Landowska in Basel. He also was drawn to painting, taking his Ph.D. in 1933 at the Univ. of Zürich with a diss. on modern Swiss art. While he devoted much of his time to composition, he also was active as a painter. In 1961 he held his first major exhibition of paintings in Zürich, Paris, Vienna, and other cities. As a composer, his output took on a pronounced individual style after 1950. His autobiography was publ. as Laierna magica (Lenzburg, 1986).


dramaticBallet: La fete de la ligne (1935); Daphne (1943). orch.: Concerto for 2 Pianos and Orch. (1939–42); 2 piano concertos (1947, 1961); Violin Concerto (1948–49); Concerto da camera (1952); Concerto for Harpsichord and Chamber Orch. (1953); Concerto veneziano for Strings (1955); Oboe Concerto (1957); Sym. (1958); Concerto for Flute and Strings (1962); Rondeau symphonique (1964); Cello Concerto (1966–67); Concerto for Harp and Strings (1970); Concerto for 2 Flutes and Strings (1973–74); Combray for Strings (1977); Triple concerto le goût italien for Violin, Viola, Cello, and String Orch. (1978); Schlossbildermusik (1980); Double Concerto for Piano, Cello, and Orch. (1983–84); Ouverture pour Monsieur Lully for Strings (1986). chamber: Violin Sonata (1936); 3 string quartets (1936–37; 1944–45; 1987); Divertimento for Oboe, Violin, Viola, and Cello (1950); Musik for Harpsichord, Flute, Oboe, Violin, Viola, Cello, and Double Bass (1954); Flute Sonata (1963); Quintet for Flute, 2 Violins, Cello, and Harpsichord (1969); Wind Quintet (1977); Piano Trio (1984–85); Cello Sonata (1986); keyboard pieces, including 5 piano sonatas (1944; 1944; 1959; 1975; 1987–88), harpsichord pieces, and organ music. VOCAL: Choral works; songs.


U. Däster, W. Kläy, and W. Labhart, P. M.: Eine Monographie (Aarau and Frankfurt am Main, 1976).

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire