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Eric Zeisl
1905 - 1959
Austria / United States of America
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E. Zeisl
Eric Zeisl (18/05/1905 - 18/02/1959), a Jewish Austrian composer, born in Vienna. Despite acclaim as one of Austria's brightest young compositional lights, Zeisl eventually fell victim to Europe's gathering political storm. In November, 1938, he fled Vienna for Paris and temporary refuge, but it was only upon reaching America in September, 1939 that he found permanent sanctuary. Against formidable odds, he achieved recognition in his adopted land, with praise for his work coming from fellow composers Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Darius Milhaud, Igor Stravinsky, Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Alexandre Tansman, Hanns Eisler, Ernst Toch, and Alma Mahler-Werfel, among others. Then, on February 18, 1959, at the age of 53 and at the height of his creative powers, Eric Zeisl suffered a heart attack after teaching an evening class at Los Angeles City College. He died that night.
Requiem concertante
Period:Expressionism
Composed in:1934
Musical form:mass
Text/libretto:Latin mass
This requiem is for SATB solo quartet, mixed chorus and orchestra. He won an Austrian state prize in 1934 (for this requiem mass), but because he was a Jew he could not secure a publishing contract since his works would have by that time been banned in Germany, the primary market.
Requiem Ebraico: Psalm 92
Period:Expressionism
Composed in:1945
Musical form:psalm
Text/libretto:psalm 92
Duration:ca.18'
In memory of:the killed Jews, and especially the composer's father Siegmund Zeisl, victim of the Nazi's
Label(s):Decca 460211
Requiem Ebraico contains:
- Tov l'hodos ladonoy
- Alyosor vaaly novel
- Mah godlu maasecho, Adonoy
- Tzadik katomor yifroch
- L'hagid ki yoshor Adonoy
Requiem Ebraico: 92d Psalm for baritone, soprano, alto, mixed chorus and orchestra (or organ/piano), dedicated to the memory of his father and the other countless victims of the Holocaust.
Actually not a requiem mass but psalm 92 in memory of the killed Jews, and especially in memory of his father Siegmund Zeisl, victim of the Nazi's.
Author:Herman Ram