Thuille, Ludwig (Wilhelm Andreas Maria)

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Thuille, Ludwig (Wilhelm Andreas Maria)

Thuille, Ludwig (Wilhelm Andreas Maria), renowned Austrian composer and pedagogue; b. Bozen, Tirol, Nov. 30, 1861; d. Munich, Feb. 5, 1907. He studied theory, piano, and organ with Joseph Pembaur in Innsbruck, then went to Munich, where he was a pupil of Karl Bärmann (piano) and Joseph Rheinberger (composition) at the Königliche Musikschule, graduating with honors in 1882; in 1883 he joined its faculty and was promoted to prof, in 1890. Encouraged by Alexander Ritter, he began to compose music in the grand Wagnerian manner. He wrote 3 operas and other works, but he made his mark chiefly as a fine pedagogue. With Rudolf Louis, he publ. the well-known manual Harmonielehre (1907; abr. ed. as Grundriss der Harmonielehre, 1908; 10th ed., rev., 1933 by W. Courvoisier and others).


dramatic: Opera: Theuerdank (1893-95; Munich, Feb. 12, 1897), Lobetanz (1896; Karlsruhe, Feb. 6, 1898); Gugeline (1898-1900; Bremen, March 4, 1901). Melodrama : Die Tanzhexe (1899-1900). ORCH .: Sym. (1886); Romantische Ouverture, overture to Theuerdank (1896). CHAMBER: Sextet for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn, and Piano (1886-88); Piano Quintet (1897-1901); Cello Sonata (1901-02); Violin Sonata (1903-04); piano pieces. VOCAL : Choral works; 78 songs.


F. Munter, L T.(Munich, 1923).

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire