Der Steinerne Psalm, for mixed choir, organ and grand orchestra
Reznicek, Emil Nikolaus von
Emil Nikolaus von Reznicek – Der steinerne Psalm
(b. Vienna, 4 May 1860 – d. Berlin, 2 August 1945)
for mixed choir, organ and grand orchestra
Born into an aristocratic Viennese family, Emil von Reznicek was the son of Josef Freiherr von Reznicek (1812-1877), a prominent military officer in the Austrian military, and Clarisse Ghika Budesti (1837-1864), a member of the Romanian royal family. Reznicek’s mother died while he was still very young, but he eventually formed a relationship with his stepmother who encouraged him to learn keyboard skills and exposed him to other musicians. As a young adult, Reznicek began to study law to fulfill his father’s wishes, but eventually dropped out of law school and completed a music degree at the Leipzig Conservatory in 1882. He became successful as a conductor and opera composer early in his career, and wrote his best known opera, Donna Diana, in 1894. Donna Diana Vienna Opera premiere in 1898 took place during Gustav Mahler’s (1860-1911) first season as the official director, and he and Reznicek worked closely together, becoming close friends. In 1902, Reznicek settled with his family at his home in the Charlottenburg district of Berlin where he remained until the end of his life. His neighbors included his friends Richard Strauss (1864-1949) and Hans Pfitzner (1869-1949).
Reznicek secured a series of conducting posts, most notably with Hans Gregor (1866-1945) at the Komische Oper an der Weidendammbrücke at Berlin. In 1920, Reznicek began his tenure as an instructor at the Berlin Akademische Hochschule für Musik. He taught at the Hochschule until 1926, and continued to conduct and compose until 1935.
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Choir/Voice & Orchestra
210 x 297 mm