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SCHREKER, Franz
b Monaco, 23 March 1878
d Berlin, 21 March 1934, aged fifty-five

He studied violin and composition from 1892 to 1900 at the Vienna Conservatory. He achieved his first success in 1908 with a ballet, and in that same year founded the Philharmonic Choir, which he conducted until 1920. In 1912 he was appointed to teach composition at the Vienna Akademie fur Musik, and in 1920 was made director of the Berlin Hochschule, staying there until 1932. He was dismissed from this post in 1932 and took over a master-class in composition at the Prussian Academy of Arts, from which he was also dismissed in 1933. The shock caused a fatal heart attack.

1895 (17)

Love Song, for strings and harp (lost)

1900 (22)

Flammen, opera

Psalm CXVI, for three female voices, organ and orchestra

1901-10 (23-32)

Der Ferne Klang, opera

1902 (24)

Romantische Suite (unpublished)

Ekkehard, symphonic overture

Phantastische Ouverture (unpublished)

Schwanengesang, for chorus and orchestra

1908 (30)

Der Geburtstag der Infantin, a pantomime

Der Wind, for clarinet and piano quartet (unpublished)

Rokoko, ballet

1913 (35)

Das Spielwerk und die Prinzessin, opera

1913-15 (35-7)

Die Gezeichneten, opera

1916 (38)

Chamber Symphony

1918 (40)

Der Schatzgraber, opera

1919-23 (41-5)

Irrelohe, opera

1924-7 (46-9)

Christophorus, opera

Der Singende Teufel, opera

1927 (49)

Vom Ewigen Leben, for voice and orchestra

1928 (50)

Little Suite for chamber orchestra

1929-32 (51-4)

Der Schmied von Gent, opera

1930 (52)

Four Little Pieces for orchestra

Das Welb des Intaphernes, for speaker and orchestra

Schreker composed other choral works and songs, and a few unpublished solo instrumental works.

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