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Cesar Bresgen
1913 - 1988
Italy
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C. Bresgen
Cesar Bresgen (16/10/1913 - 07/04/1988), an Italian composer. He was born in Florenz, comes from a family of painters and musicians. The father has been a famous portrait painter in Munich and the mother a talented piano player and painter. He inherited a double talent and this accompanied him throughout his life, so that not only compositions are left but also impressive watercolors. For example illustrations in a book about mushrooms. After Bresgens childhood in Prague, Munich and Zell am See he studied also in London and came back to Salzburg in 1939 being a teacher for compositions at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. He has chosen Salzburg to be his home country.
Carl Orff (a friend of Bresgen when he spent his youth in Munich) and Bresgen – both loved children and the ability to make music for children. “O du stille Zeit” was most likely Bresgen’s most well known song.
He died in 1988 and Austria lost not only a great composer and teacher of more than one generation but also one of a few real universal music talents, who has always stayed a modes human being though his multi talent. He is someone like an Austrian Bela Bartok – he was never able to sell his talent the way he would have deserved it.
Deutsche Totenmesse
Period:Modernism
Composed in:1972
Musical form:free
Text/libretto:poems of Huub Oosterhuis
Label(s):Michael Haydn Chor - Cesar Bresgen
Calig Cal 30426 (LP)
The Deutsche Totenmesse is for mixed choir and organ. The texts are poems by Huub Oosterhuis (1933) a Dutch poet/writer of liturgical texts.
It contains:
- Introitus: 'Ich steh vor dir'
- Zwischengesang: 'Der Herr hat mich gesehn'
- 'Die mit Tränen säen'
- 'Heilig, heilig'
- Meditation für Orgel
- 'Der Seelen der Gerechten'
- 'Niemand lebt für sich selbst'
- 'Lasst uns nun gehen in Frieden'
- Postludium für Orgel
Bresgen's Deutsche Totenmesse is written in the early seventy's. The text is taken from the bible (psalms) and poems of the Dutch poet Huub Oosterhuis. The homophonic choirpart is accompanied by organ with separate large intermezzi which divide and end the choirparts.
Author:Prof. Helmut Wulz
Notable contributors to the 20th-century repertory are Bresgen, Duruflé, Guerrini, Karg-Elert, Ligeti, Lutoslawski, Maliszewski, Sutermeister, Thompson, Thomson, Zandonai and Zanella.
Author:James W. Pruett
Source:The new Grove dictionary of music and musicians
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H. Oosterhuis
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Requiem für Anton Webern
Period:Modernism
Composed in:1972
Requiem für Anton Webern is for soli, mixed choir, strings and organ.