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Volkmar Andreae
1879 - 1962
Switzerland
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V. Andreae
Volkmar Andreae (05/07/1879 - 19/07/1962), a Swiss conductor and composer (born in Bern). He is remembered primarily as having been the conductor of the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra for over four decades, and one of the city’s most formidable music administrators (he ran the local Conservatory for 25 years). Andreae’s conducting and managerial careers have hitherto largely obscured the fact that he was also one of Switzerland’s most gifted composers. The biggest influence in his early music (despite the allusions to Wagner’s Siegfried in his blacksmith’s song 'Der Schmied') is that of Richard Strauss. However, as the songs recorded here testify, Andreae rapidly developed an individual voice. Besides lieder, his oeuvre includes chamber music, many works for choir, and two operas, the last of which – The Adventures of Casanova – was premièred in the Dresden State Opera in 1924. It is to be regretted that Andreae composed less and less as he grew older.
He was the teacher of Conrad Beck.
Requiem
Period:Expressionism
Composed in:1906
Musical form:song
Text/libretto:Conrad Ferdinand Meyer
Duration: 2'25''
Label(s):Guild GMCD 7237
This requiem song (Opus 10/1) is for voice and piano. Duration: 2'25''.
Six Poems, op. 10 (1906) for voice and piano. Texts by Conrad Ferdinand Meyer (1825-1898), a Swiss writer.
1. Requiem
2. Ein Lied Chastelards
3. Schnitterlied
4. Eingelegte Ruder
5. Abendwolke
6. Fülle
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C.F. Meyer
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