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Fritz Brun
1878 - 1959
F. Brun
Fritz Brun (18/08/1878 - 29/11/1959), a Swiss composer, born in Lucerne. He was a composer, conductor and pianist. Brun completed his undergraduate education in Lucerne and received regular piano lessons from Julie Kopp, he also enjoyed piano lessons with the organist Franz Josef Breitenbach (1853-1934) between 1892 and 1895. Brun was instructed in piano for two years by the Dutchman and conductor Willem Mengelberg (1871-1951) who was the music director in Lucerne from 1891 until 1895, a duty subsequently filled for one year by Peter Fassbaender (1869-1920). Brun was employed around about 1890 by the prison in Lucerne to perform every Sunday during the Sunday Service. From 1896 until 1901 Brun studied composition at the conservatory in Cologne under Franz Wüllner (1832-1902) who was at that time the director of the institute and conductor of the ‘Kölner Gürzenich-Konzerte’. Brun also received piano lessons from Max van de Sandt (1863-1934) and theory lessons from Arno Kleffel (1840-1913). During his studies Brun became friends with Volkmar Andreae who was also studying in Cologne. His friendship with Othmar Schoeck and the discourse with his work is reflected in the instrumentation of three of his colleague’s lieder (‘Auf meines Kindes Tod’, ‘Die drei Zigeuner’ and ‘Jugendgedenken’).
Composed in:1901
Musical form:song
Text/libretto:Conrad Ferdinand Meyer
Requiem (1901) for one voice and piano. Texts by Conrad Ferdinand Meyer (1825-1898), a Swiss writer.
C.F. Meyer
Missa pro defunctis
Composed in:1912c
Musical form:mass
Text/libretto:Latin mass
Missa pro defunctis, published in Lyon.
Source:Robert Chase, Dies Irae: A Guide to Requiem Music, Scarecrow Press, Inc. 2003