(b. Blumenthal, 9. February 1909 – d. Munich, 16. December 2007)
1 Mäßig bewegt – lebhaft (moderately moving – lively)
2 Sehr lebhaft und schwungvoll – ruhig fliessend – Tempo 1
(very lively and swinging – quietly flowing – tempo 1)
3 Langsam – lebhaft (Slow – lively)
The composer Harald Genzmer was born in Blumenthal, a town that later became a suburb within the north German city of Bremen. Bremen itself casts its boundaries 67 kilometres along the landmark river Weser to include the North Sea port of Bremerhaven.
Before the Second World War, Genzmer, a pupil of Hindemith in Berlin, worked at Breslau (1934-1937) after which he moved back to Berlin. Following the Second World War he was based in Fribourg-en-Brisgau in the late 1940s and in Munich from the 1950s. The British composer John McCabe (1939-2015) was among his pupils. …
(b. Brunn am Gebirge, Austria, 5. August 1890 – d. Edinburgh, 3. October 1987)
Elegie im Schnee p.63
Dedicated to Gál’s sons, Franz and Peter.
The late 1920s and early 1930s were happy years for Austrian composer and scholar, Hans Gál. Gál’s operas were being staged at major houses throughout the German-speaking world, and important conductors such as Furtwängler, Busch, and Weingartner were programming his orchestral works. Over fifty performances of Gál’s music (of all genres) were documented in 1930 alone. Gál was appointed, by unanimous vote, director of the conservatory in Mainz in 1929. He immersed himself fully in the conservatory’s activities. In addition to attending to the administrative duties of an organization that served 1,000 students and 70 teachers, he directed the orchestra and all of the choirs, led courses in conducting, counterpoint, harmony, and composition, and taught a few piano students. He also managed to find time to serve, along with Ernst Toch and Alban Berg, on the program committee of the Allgemeiner Deutscher Musikverein (General German Music Society) which produced annual festivals of contemporary music. Of course, this highly stimulating period came to an abrupt end in 1933 when the Nazis seized control. Gál, who was of Jewish descent, was dismissed from his post in March, and his works were banned from performance and publication….