About Wilhelm Kienzl:
Kienzl Wilhelm. Meine Lebenswanderung; Korngold Julius. Deutsches Opernschaffen der Gegenwart.
New Music Review 12:169April 1913.
Important recordings of music by Wilhelm Kienzl:
POLYDOR: Der Evangelimann: "Pious Beggar", "Glad Days of Youth Departed", "Blessed Are They Who Are Persecuted."
PAUL AUGUST VON KLENAU, equally famous as orchestral conductor and composer, was born on February 11, 1883 in Copenhagen. Receiving his elementary studies in music in Copenhagen from local instructors, he was soon eligible to enter the Berlin Hochschule where, from 1902 until 1907, he studied under Ludwig Thuille. He began his career as conductor at an early, age. At the age of twenty-four he was already leading the Freiburg Opera, and he showed such aptitude for the baton that, the following year, Max von Schillings called on him to assist him as conductor in Stuttgart. This was a valuable apprenticeship, and under Max von Schillings Klenau made remarkable progress as a conductor. Six years Klenau spent in Stuttgart and then, after returning for a brief spell to Freiburg, he settled in his native city to devote his time to composing.
It was during this period that he founded the Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra, which has played an all- important rôle in the musical life of that city. In the capacity of its conductor, Klenau was a pioneer in introducing works of innumerable contemporaries to Denmark. He was especially famous as an interpreter of Delius' music and when, in 1924, Frankfurt held a festival of Delius' works in honor of that composer's sixtieth birthday, it was Klenau who was invited to lead the orchestra.
Paul von Klenau has also distinguished himself as the director of the Wiener Konzerthousgesellschaft, and of the Singakademie of Vienna.
As in the case of his conducting, Klenau began composition at a surprisingly youthful age, and disclosed an amazing maturity. Paul Bechert goes so far as to say of his Inferno, for orchestra--composed when Klenau was twenty-one years old--that "it is to be considered his chef-d'oeuvre. It is a document of Klenau's musical creed, according to the composer's own verdict, which is bound to no school. For in assimilating the achievements of the classics and wedding them to modern tendencies, it has remained Klenau's aim to preserve a personal idiom of his own."
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