von der Niebelung, accompanying the
singers on the piano while reading the
full orchestral score, a feat which
aroused considerable awe and amazement.Recognition as a composer first came
to him with the performance of a one-
act opera, Helfried, produced in Graz
in 1893. But it was with his songs, composed during and shortly after this
period, that he attracted the attention of
all leading critics, who pronounced him
a composer of ranking importance."They are," comments A. Walter-
Kramer on Hausegger's songs, "in every
sense master-songs; not that they conform in style, or manner, or in any other
qualification to the set way in which
masters of days gone by have written,
but because they have a style of their
own; because they speak their message
in a way that is as distinctive as anything that has come out of Germany in
the last two decades. . . . There is a
lovely fragrance about Mondnacht, much
eloquence in Bleib, mein Trauter . . .
imagination of rare order in Winter,
and a placid calm that soothes in Abendwolke, a song that could be made
as popular as are the songs of Brahms
and Schumann. . . . Here, von Hausegger
hs solved the secret of writing a pure
melody for voice, while attaining an independent accompaniment." Hausegger has also produced works
for orchestra--including Dionysiac Fantasy and Barbarossa--which have been
performed frequently by leading symphony orchestras in Europe. In these
works, as Arthur Elson informs us, "the
composer achieved a surety of orchestral
utterance, a full grasp of instrumental
resources and, above all, a thoro mastery
of melodic charm and harmonic richness.""The symphonic poetry of Hausegger," summarizes Adolf Weissman, "is
full of Wagner. His work originates in
a resolute will to truth and honesty, and
outworn theory cripples his imagination." Siegmund von Hausegger, who lives
today in semi-retirement in Munich, has
produced little music of value in the
past two decades. But his earlier works
are still performed periodically thruout Europe, and altho his stature is comparatively small in modern music, he
cannot be altogether disregarded. He
has produced a few works of great
honesty and richness, and for those few
works he deserves recognition.Principal works by Siegmund von
|OPERA : Helfried; Zinnober; Klein Zaches.|
|ORCHESTRA : Dionysiac Fantasy; Barbarossa; Wieland der Schmied; Aufklänge.|
About Siegmund von Hausegger:
Elson Arthur. Modern Composers of
Europe; Weissman Adolf. Problems of Modern Music.
Musical America 16:19September 28, 1912.
Sir George Henschel 1850-1934
SIR GEORGE ISIDOR HENSCHEL
was born in Breslau, Germany, on February 18, 1850. His life was from
the first consecrated to music and to
music alone. At the age of five, he
joined a class of eight children who were
taught to play simultaneously on eight
pianos. When he reached his ninth
birthday, he joined the choral society of
the University of Breslau, and sang
soprano in Mendelssohn Hear My
Prayer. From 1867 until 1870 he
studied at the Leipzig Conservatory of
Music, under Moscheles, Reinecke and Richter, and it was here that he revealed
the first bright and unmistakable glimmers of musical talent. In 1870, he
entered the Royal Conservatory in Berlin, studying singing with Adolphe
Schulze. Here, he developed a baritone
voice of great purity, range and beauty
and, upon graduating, was prepared to
enter a career as singer.
His first important appearance as
singer was in 1874 when he sang at the
Niederrheinische Festival in Cologne.
The following year, he made an appearance in Bach St. Matthew Passion.
And in 1877 he made his vocal debut
in London, with something approaching
a sensation. From that day, he was
widely accepted as one of the greatest
baritones of his time.
In 1879 an attractive offer was given
him to teach singing at the Royal College
Questia, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning. www.questia.com
Book title: Composers of Today:A Comprehensive Biographical and Critical Guide to Modern Composers of All Nations.
Contributors: David Ewen - Editor, David Ewen - Compiler.
Publisher: H. W. Wilson.
Place of publication: New York.
Publication year: 1934.
Page number: 110.
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