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Kienzl, Wilhelm


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Wilhelm Kienzl, relief on the tombstone at the Zentralfriedhof cemetery, Vienna



Kienzl, Wilhelm, b. Waizenkirchen (Upper Austria), Jan. 17, 1857, d. Vienna, Oct. 3, 1941, composer, opera conductor, librettist, writer. From 1886 conductor of the Styrian Musical Society in Graz, from 1917 in Vienna. Known for his popular operas "Der Evangelimann" (1895) and "Kuhreigen" (1911). Composed the national anthem of the 1st Republic.


Further works: Chamber music and choral music, songs, operas. - Publications: Aus Kunst und Leben, 1904; Im Konzert, 1908; Betrachtungen und Erinnerungen, 1909 (including a biography of R. Wagner); Meine Lebenswanderung, 1926. Briefwechsel mit P. Rosegger, ed. by H. Sittner, 1953 (with work index).

Literature: Festschrift, 1917; H. A. Yoshida, W. K. Bühnenwerke, doctoral thesis, Vienna 1983; ÖBL, NDB.


 
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