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     Ernst Krenek

Born: Aug 23, 1900 in Vienna, Austria
Dead: Dec 23, 1991 in Palm Springs, CA
Genre: Keyboard Music, Chamber Music, Vocal Music, Concerto
Country: USA

A study of Viennese-born composer Ernst Krenek's prodigious output is rather like a study of twentieth century music in microcosm. Krenek moved with ease through the various aesthetic and stylistic changes that marked that turbulent century, taking what he considered the best features of each and fusing them into a new language all his own. Born in August of 1900, Krenek began musical training at the age of six, and later studied privately with Franz Schreker in Vienna before enrolling for formal training with the same at the Berlin Conservatory in 1920.

Krenek's music of the early 1920s (including the Symphony No.1 from 1921 and the first two string quartets) is chromatically charged and rather angst-ridden; however, a 1924 trip to France, during which he was exposed to the more utilitarian, entertaining aspects of Parisian music (and Stravinsky's neo-Classicism in particular) encouraged him to explore a more accessible style. In 1927 the opera Jonny spielt auf, which fuses jazz idioms to Krenek's own brand of tonality, made Krenek a household name; the work was such a popular success that it eventually received performances in over a hundred cities in eighteen different languages.

From 1925 to 1927 Krenek lived in Kassel and Wiesbaden, serving as assistant manager of those city's operas. After returning to Vienna in 1928 Krenek began questioning his own musical aesthetic, and, upon meeting Alban Berg and Anton Webern, made a serious study of the Second Vienesse School's 12-tone techniques. By 1931, when he began composing the opera Karl V (in celebration of the unifying virtues of Catholicism, as opposed to the degeneration of Germanic society in the 1930s), Krenek was convinced of the merits of serial composition; the opera stands as his first thoroughly dodecaphonic work. Nazi officials were not oblivious to the political subtext of the opera and the planned 1934 Vienna premiere of the work was cancelled by the authorities. Krenek visited the United States in 1937, and when Hitler invaded Poland, Krenek was expelled from Austria and moved across the Atlantic permanently.

Krenek divided the remainder of his life between active composition (he remained prolific until his death in 1991) and teaching duties (first at Vassar College in New York, and later at Hamline University in Minneapolis and as guest professor/lecturer at many other American institutions).Krenek was an American citizen from 1945 on.

In the 1950s and 1960s Krenek began to explore electronic composition (e.g. Spiritus intelligentiae Sanctus for voices and electronic sounds in 1956), and also aleatoric (chance) music (e.g. the 1957 work Sestina). During the last decades of his life Krenek scrupulously avoided all compositional "trends" and "systems," choosing instead to rely on his own musical wits.

In 1992, one year after his death, Krenek's remains were transferred to the city of Vienna, where in later years he had come to be honored as befits a musician of his stature.

-Blair Johnston (All Music Guide)


Австро-американский композитор и педагог. Родился 23 августа 1900 в Вене. Первые же значительные сочинения, появившиеся вскоре после окончания Первой мировой войны, сделали Кшенека ведущей фигурой в молодом поколении немецких композиторов, искавших новые выразительные средства; характерной чертой стиля Кшенека стал насыщенный диссонансами контрапункт. Уже в молодости композитор писал для театра, в период до 1927 он создал две оперы и сценическую кантату, а в 1927 появилось наиболее удачное сочинение Кшенека - опера "Джонни наигрывает" (Jonny spielt auf), впервые поставленная в Лейпциге. Это произведение, представляющее собой причудливое сочетание серьезной музыки с танцевальными мотивами кабаре и напоминающее скорее ревю, чем оперу, принесло автору международную известность. В более позднем творчестве Кшенек выступает как убежденный додекафонист; он проявлял также активный интерес к электронной музыке. В 1937 композитор переехал в США. Преподавал в женском колледже Вассара в 1939-1942, в университете Хэмлина в Сен-Поле (шт. Миннесота) в 1942-1947. Затем переехал в Калифорнию. Наследие Кшенека включает оперы, симфонии, струнные квартеты, фортепианные сонаты и концерты, произведения хоровых жанров. Он написал ряд книг - "Музыка здесь и сейчас" (Music Here and Now, 1939), "Исследование о контрапункте" (Studies in Counterpoint, 1940), "Тональный контрапункт" (Tonal Counterpoint, 1958), "Модальный контрапункт" (Modal Counterpoint, 1959), "Исследуя музыку" (Zur Sprache gebracht, 1958; Exploring Music, 1966). Умер Кшенек в Палм-Спрингсе (США) 22 декабря 1991.


Ресурсы сети, связанные с исполнителем:
www.musicacademyonline.com/composer/biographies.php?bid=139 Biography
www.universaledition.com/truman/en_templates/en_werk_list.php3?komp_uid=395 Biography, list of the works
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ernst_Krenek About from 'wikipedia'
ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/Кшенек,_Эрнст О исполнителе из 'википедии' [ru]
en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ernst_Krenek About from 'wapedia.mobi' [mobile]
ru.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Кшенек,_Эрнст О исполнителе из 'мобильной википедии' [mobile] [ru]
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CD коллекции, связанные с исполнителем:
  как основной исполнитель ...
 Ernst Krenek - 'String Quartets No. 1, 2' - 1988, MDG
 Ernst Krenek - 'String Quartets No. 3, 7' - 1988, MDG
  как основной соисполнитель ...
 Maria Yudina - 'The Legacy Of Maria Yudina. Volume 2' - 2004, Vista Vera
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 Glenn Gould - 'Berg, Krenek, Webern, Debussy, Ravel' - 1995, Sony, Galactic

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