Ernst Krenek (Krenek Ernst)( Austrian-American composer and teacher.)
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Biography Ernst Krenek (Krenek Ernst)
(1900-1991), also Krshenek
Born August 23, 1900 in Vienna. The first significant works, . appeared shortly after the end of World War, . did Krenek leading figure in the younger generation of German composers, . sought new means of expression, characteristic style Krenek become rich counterpoint dissonance,
. Already in the young composer wrote for the theater, in the period up to 1927, he created two operas and scenic cantata, and in 1927 appeared the most successful essay Krenek - opera tune Johnny (Jonny spielt auf), first staged in Leipzig. This work, which is a bizarre mix of serious music with dance motifs reminiscent of cabaret and revue rather than an opera, has brought the author international acclaim. In a later work Krenek appears as a staunch dodekafonist, he also showed an active interest in electronic music.
In 1937, the composer moved to the U.S.. He taught at the Women's Vassar College in 1939-1942, at Hamlin University in St. Paul (pc. Minnesota) in 1942-1947. Then he moved to California. Heritage Krenek includes operas, symphonies, string quartets, piano sonatas and concertos, choral works of genres. He has written several books - Music here and now (Music Here and Now, . 1939), . Study of counterpoint (Studies in Counterpoint, . 1940), . The tonal counterpoint (Tonal Counterpoint, . 1958), . Modal counterpoint (Modal Counterpoint, . 1959), . Exploring music (Zur Sprache gebracht, . 1958; Exploring Music, . 1966),
. Krenek died in Palm Springs (USA) 22 December 1991.