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Between the Wars#

Franz Schmidt: The Book with 7 seals#

Franz Schmidt

The appreciation of the works of Franz Schmidt (1874 Bratislava/Slovakia - 1939 Perchtoldsdorf/Lower Austria) was adversely affected by his participation in an unfinished composition that was ordered by the Nazis. Schmidt worked as a musician with Mahler, was a teacher, rector and adversary of the Avantgarde. Nevertheless stylistic quotes in his Buch mit 7 Siegeln (Book with 7 Seals)(1937) show that he was open to contemporary music and could write in a modern style. His use of trombones to illustrate the Last Judgement (Example) shows his individual approach to non-musical contents. (M. Saary)

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© Sound: 1959/1995 Sony Classical SM2K 68 442, Interpreten: Singverein der Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde, Wiener Philharmoniker, Dimitri Mitropulos (Leitung).