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  Alexander von Zemlinsky - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Alexander von Zemlinsky or Alexander Zemlinsky, (October 14, 1871 - March 15, 1942) was an Austrian composer of classical music, a conductor and a teacher.
Zemlinsky later married Ida Guttmann in 1907, though the marriage was an unhappy one, and Zemlinsky had many affairs.
Zemlinsky's best known work is probably the Lyric Symphony (1923), a seven movement work for orchestra, soprano and baritone soloists on poems by the Bengali poet Rabindranath Tagore (in German translation), which Zemlinsky compared in a letter to his publisher to Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Alexander_Zemlinsky   (1134 words)

 Alexander Zemlinsky: Two portraits
Zemlinsky is seen to be a great composer; his works are played, and are no longer in the aggravating position of being hidden behind comparable works by his famous contemporaries.
The rediscovery of Zemlinsky is readily attributed to post-modernism.
In particular, Zemlinsky's preference for variants holds the key to a way of composing that, on the one hand, confirms what was once The Law enough for it to be recognised as such, yet on the other, changes it so much as to be irritatingly novel.
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 Los Angeles Philharmonic Association - Piece Detail
Zemlinsky met Alma Schindler at a dinner party in February 1900 and was immediately captivated by her glamour and brilliance; her admission that Tristan und Isolde was her favorite opera was the icing on the cake.
Zemlinsky tells the story musically through a series of motives; an ascending figure depicting the bottom of the ocean, and the Mermaid's theme, introduced by solo violin, are among the motives heard at the outset of the first movement.
Zemlinsky revisits motives and themes from earlier in the work over the course of the movement, which is predominantly lyrical until a massive climax.
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 American Symphony Orchestra Dialogues & Extensions 2003-04
Zemlinsky had other illustrious students, among them Berg, Webern, and Korngold, as well as a vivacious teenager named Alma Schindler with whom he was romantically involved until she rejected him to marry Gustav Mahler.
Zemlinsky hoped to premiere the Lyric Symphony at the 1923 Austrian Music Week in Berlin, but it was delayed a year, occurring in Prague on June 4 at the festival of the International Society for Contemporary Music.
Zemlinsky stated that he had in mind "voice types that are right for theater: a heroic baritone and a young, dramatic soprano." The composer 's dramatic genius is evident throughout the motivically interrelated and continuous movements.
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 Alexander Zemlinsky -- Facts, Info, and Encyclopedia article   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
Zemlinsky met (German composer who developed the Romantic style of both lyrical and classical music (1833-1897)) Johannes Brahms on several occasions, who, among other acts of encouragement, recommended Zemlinsky's Clarinet Trio (1896) to the Simrock company for publication.
Zemlinsky then moved to (Capital of Germany located in eastern Germany) Berlin, where he taught and worked under (additional info and facts about Otto Klemperer) Otto Klemperer as a conductor at the Kroll Opera.
Among Zemlinsky's other works are several other operas, including Eine Florentinische Tragödie (1915-16) after (Irish writer and wit (1854-1900)) Oscar Wilde, and the (A theatrical representation of a story performed to music by ballet dancers) ballet Der Triumph der Zeit (1901).
www.absoluteastronomy.com /encyclopedia/a/al/alexander_zemlinsky.htm   (678 words)

 Unbenanntes Dokument   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
Alexander Zemlinsky was born on 14 October 1871 in Vienna.
Zemlinsky’s childhood was characterised by a simple, deprived family life and a strict upbringing in which an education in languages and the arts was very important.
Alexander’s mother Clara Semo, a “shy, reserved woman, who has more of an inner life” (Zemlinsky), came from Sarajevo which at the time of her birth was still controlled by the Turks.
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 The Zemlinsky Page - by Volker Kleinschmidt   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
From 1904 to 1911, Zemlinsky was "Kapellmeister" (=principal conductor) at the Vienna Volksoper (=Public Opera), except for a season at the Hofoper (=Court Opera) in 1907/08.
When Zemlinsky finally got the position, Mahler left, and his successor, Franz Weingartner, was afraid of the competition and sacked him.
So began Zemlinsky's strand of bad luck that ended with his death in Larchmont in the state of New York, USA, in 1942.
tigger.uic.edu /~volk/Zemlinsky/Zemlinsky.html   (343 words)

 The Lebrecht Weekly - Zemlinsky by Antony Beaumont
Zemlinsky, he reckoned, was not one of those artists who alter the destiny of mankind.
Zemlinsky was remembered, if at all, as 'the ugliest man in Vienna', an accolade bestowed on him by the woman Tom Lehrer would immortalize as 'the loveliest girl in Vienna' - none other than the notorious Alma Mahler, whose life story is being filmed in the Prater even as you read these lines.
Zemlinsky was, one knew, a multi-cultural individual who inherited the traditions of all three monotheisms.
www.scena.org /columns/lebrecht/000517-NL-zemlinsky.html   (851 words)

 cdDiscovery -- Alexander von Zemlinsky - The Schoenberg Quartett   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
In his standard essay on the composer, Horst Weber staunchly defended Zemlinsky's music against the criticism that "it turned its back on the historically obvious step that Schoenberg (who was Zemlinsky's pupil and brother-in-law) had taken in making the breakthrough to atonality".
Zemlinsky composed a total of four string quartets - in addition to the two middle works recorded here, he left the early Op.
The concept on which Zemlinsky's third quartet is based likewise seems "reduced" to the traditional four-movement form: the composer forsakes all experiments endeavouring to interweave or disguise existing forms.
www.cddiscovery.com /classic/schonbergzemlinsky.html   (1075 words)

 Zemlinsky symphony Beaumont [RB]: Classical Reviews- November 2001 MusicWeb(UK)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
Going by the evidence of Zemlinsky's 1897 Symphony the composer was from the same gene pool as Dvorak (symphonies 5, 6 and 7) and Bruckner (4).
Zemlinsky was strongly associated with the Czech PO and conducted them at Vaclav Talich's invitation in Mahler 6 in 1923.
When Zemlinsky emigrated to the USA and left an all too certain future behind he found himself in a country that hardly knew him.
www.musicweb-international.com /classrev/2001/Nov01/Zemlinsky.htm   (781 words)

 Chicago Symphony Orchestra - 12-16 Program Notes
Zemlinsky’s works will not die.” His works did wait—much longer, even, than those of Mahler, whose time came, as he famously predicted, only decades after his death—and they are now taking their place not as historical curiosities but as important compositions of the early twentieth century.
Alexander Zemlinsky was born into a distinguished Viennese family; his mother was a Sephardic Jew and his father converted to Judaism and became active in the city’s Jewish community.
Alexander began to study music at the conservatory when he was twelve.
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 Alexander (von) Zemlinsky Timeline
Alexander wins the Conservatory's annual piano competition for which he is awarded a gold medal and a Bösendorfer grand piano.
Zemlinsky is now responsible for creating a highly proficient and professional new orchestral ensemble, which he does.
Zemlinsky establishes a notable reputation in Prague and is still considered an influential name in the wider Czech music culture in Prague of that era.
www.carolinaclassical.com /zemlinsky   (4283 words)

 CCM Announces Second Zemlinsky Prize for Composition
Created at the behest of Zemlinsky's widow, the Alexander Zemlinksy Prize for Composition serves three purposes: to perpetuate the memory of Alexander Zemlinsky; to find new works for symphony orchestra that are truly original and have the power to communicate with and engage a broad audience; and to promote and encourage young composers internationally.
Louise Zemlinsky, an accomplished painter and musician, dedicated her life and efforts to the renaissance of her husband's music in whose genius and success she had a firm belief.
In addition to the Alexander Zemlinsky Fund she established at CCM, she did the same at the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde in Vienna.
www.uc.edu /news/NR.asp?id=2403   (719 words)

 Weber on Zemlinsky, webpage (c)1999 by Joe Monzo
Zemlinsky was forced toward end of the 90s by the poverty of his family to give up his life as a "free-lance artist"; he had to assume an employment as conductor at the Viennese Carl-theatre, at which almost exclusively operettas were played.
Hofmannsthal justified Zemlinsky opposite Mahler's dislike against his libretto with the fact that this in his opinion of the stage art of the shape taken over by the Wagner art-theory too much was in the process made self-conscious, in order to be able to estimate that allegorical play with type-casting.
Hofmannsthal begründete Zemlinsky gegenüber Mahlers Abneigung gegen sein Libretto damit, dass dieser in seiner Anschauung von der Bühnen- kunst zu sehr in dem von der Wagnerschen Kunsttheorie übernommenen Begriff der Gestalt befangen sei, um jenes allegorische Spiel mit typisierten Figuren schätzen zu können.
sonic-arts.org /monzo/zemlinsky/weber-en.htm   (7156 words)

 Amazon.com: Zemlinsky: Complete Orchestral Songs: Music   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
That Zemlinsky's works, few as they are, do not feature prominently in the modern repertoire is not for their lack of quality--Zemlinsky was a great composer, but unfortunately he wasn't a great composer often enough.
But when Zemlinsky is at his best, as in his Lyric Symphony, or in his Two Songs for Baritone and Orchestra, his work is as fine as any of his contemporaries, and this is a highly recommended CD for fans of the genre.
These poems must have resonated strongly in Zemlinsky, who had recently lost his wife and who was soon to be forced to emigrate to America as a result of Nazi oppression.
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 Lyric Suite (Berg) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Lyric Suite is a string quartet written by Alban Berg from 1925 to 1926 and (publicly) dedicated to Alexander von Zemlinsky.
According to Rene Leibowitz (1947) it is "entirely written in the twelve-tone technique, [it] is a sonata movement without the development.
Berg also quotes a melody from Zemlinsky's Lyric Symphony in movement four which originally set the words "You are mine own".
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Lyric_Suite   (376 words)

 Arnold Schoenberg
He is particularly remembered as one of the first composers to embrace atonality, and for his twelve tone technique of composition using tone rows.
He was largely self-taught (taking lessons only with Alexander Zemlinsky, who was to become his first brother-in-law), and in his twenties lived by orchestrating operettas while composing works such as the string sextet Verklärte Nacht (Transfigured Night) in 1899.
When it was played again, however, in a 1913 concert which also included works by Alban Berg, Anton Webern and Alexander Zemlinsky, some of the audience began to shout out abuse.
www.brainyencyclopedia.com /encyclopedia/a/ar/arnold_schoenberg.html   (1383 words)

 Von Zemlinszky English
Alexander Von Zemlinsky (as he now calls himself, changing the spelling of his last name and dropping the von which he later reinstates as a possible shield against anti-Semitic attacks) withdraws his affiliation from the Jewish community.
From 1911 to 1927, Zemlinsky is opera conductor at Prague's Neues Deutsches Theater (New German Theater), an institution dedicated to German-language music, opera and drama catering to Prague's large German-speaking population.
The opera is said to be Zemlinsky's autobiographical and dramatic statement of the profound hurt he still bears from Alma's abrupt rejection and her deeply inflicted cruelty about his looks.
www.maurice-abravanel.com /von_zemlinszky_english.html   (3196 words)

 Friends of the Salzburg Festival
Fleeing from the Nazis, Alexander Zemlinsky (1871-1942) arrived as an exile in America.
In 1990 Zemlinsky researcher Antony Beaumont discovered that it was possible to finish the orchestration without additional composition and in 1991 he was officially commissioned by the Hamburg State Opera to do just that.
Zemlinsky used this material for an autobiographical and confessional work which once more raises the question of the relationship between art and life, of the identity and moral responsibility of the artist.
www.festspielfreunde.at /english/frames/200112/ef_200112_02.htm   (615 words)

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Alexander Zemlinsky (as he now calls himself, changing the spelling of his last name and dropping the von which he later reinstates as a possible shield against anti-Semitic attacks) withdraws his affiliation from the Jewish community.
Zemlinsky meets Alma Schindler (1879-1964). Alma Schindler, the daughter of famous Viennese painter Emil Jakob Schindler (1842-1892), is later famous as Alma Mahler (and then as Alma Mahler-Werfel.) She becomes Zemlinsky's piano and composition student, and he falls deeply in love with her.
Luise's paintings, including her portraits of Alex, are part of the CCM Music Library's Zemlinsky Room. EPILOGUERecognition continues to grow that the 20th century overlooked one of its supreme and original musical talents in Alexander Zemlinsky.
www.carolinaclassical.com /zemlinsky/zemlinsky_timeline.doc   (2748 words)

 Encyclopedia: Alexander von Zemlinsky   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
Lyric Suite is a string quartet written by Alban Berg from 1925 to 1926 and (publically) dedicated to Alexander von Zemlinsky.
As a conductor, Zemlinsky was admired by composers such as Igor Stravinsky and Kurt Weill for his perfomances of Mozart but also of new music.
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 muis   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
Alexander Zemlinsky composed his 'Eine florentinische Tragödie' between 1915 and 1916, but nearly two years passed before the opera was performed.
Zemlinsky was one of the most prominent composition teachers of his time.
Zemlinsky's style and language were strongly influenced by the music of Mahler and Schoenberg, but also by Richard Strauss, Franz Schreker and Eugen d'Albert, whose success he sought to emulate.
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 American Symphony Orchestra Dialogues & Extensions 2003-04
"At first Schoenberg's teacher, he later became his pupil." Alma Mahler's verdict on Alexander von Zemlinsky, her own former teacher and lover, is neither literally nor figuratively accurate, but it does register the fact that for much of the twentieth century Zemlinsky's name was principally known as Schoenberg's lone teacher.
Certain specific moments in the story are apparent, such as a solo violin theme representing the mermaid, turbulent passages depicting the storm, a section for the prince's wedding, and so forth.
Zemlinsky gave the score of the first movement to Marie Pappenheim (librettist for Schoenberg's monodrama Erwartung) and took the other two movements with him when he fled to America in December 1938.
www.americansymphony.org /dialogues_extensions/2004_05season/dialogue_detail.cfm?ID=45   (711 words)

Their friendship, initially an informal teacher-pupil relationship, became close: Schoenberg composed his D major Quartet under Zemlinsky's supervision, and his op.1 lieder are dedicated in gratitude to his ëteacher and friendí.
In 1924 Zemlinsky conducted the world première of Schoenberg's Erwartung at the Prague ISCM Festival, but relations with his brother-in-law subsquently deteriorated ­ partly for personal reasons, partly due to disagreement over the technique of 12-note composition.
When the theatre was closed in 1931, Zemlinsky was offered the position of Generalmusikdirektor at Wiesbaden, but he chose to remain in Berlin, teaching score-reading at the Musikhochschule and expanding his activities as guest conductor to France, Italy, Russia and Spain.
www.schoenberglaw.com /exiles/zemlinsky.html   (2488 words)

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