Schulthess, Walter

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Schulthess, Walter

Schulthess, Walter, Swiss conductor and composer; b. Zürich, July 24, 1894; d. there, June 23, 1971. He studied with Andreae in Zürich, Courvoisier in Munich, and Ansorge in Berlin, and in 1918 settled in Zürich. As a composer, he excelled in lyric songs, in a style resembling Othmar Schoeck’s. He also wrote a Violin Concertino (1921), Serenade for Orch. (1921), Symphonische Variationen for Cello and Orch. (1926), and various chamber works, including a String Quartet (1921), 2 violin sonatas (1921, 1922), and 3 Capricen nach Paganini for Violin and Piano (1923), as well as piano pieces, choruses, and lieder. He married Stefi Geyer in 1919.

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