Wilhelm Killmayer

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Wilhelm Killmayer
BornAugust 21, 1927
DiedAugust 20, 2017(2017-08-20) (aged 89)
OrganizationHochschule für Musik und Theater München

Wilhelm Killmayer (21 August 1927 – 20 August 2017)[1] was a German composer of classical music, a conductor and an academic teacher of composition at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München from 1973 to 1992.

He composed symphonies and song cycles on poems by Friedrich Hölderlin, Joseph von Eichendorff, Georg Trakl and Peter Härtling, among others.

Killmayers first composition was Lorca-Romanzen after Federico García Lorca, premiered at the Donaueschingen Festival.[2] In 1954 he composed a Missa brevis, which was recorded and reviewed:

Young (29) Munich-born Composer Wilhelm Killmayer's Missa Brevis ripples with exciting, shifting rhythms and rises skillfully to a colorful series of blasting choral climaxes occasionally more reminiscent of the bandstand than the choir.[3]

References[change | change source]

  1. Schmerda, Susanne. "Konsequent gegen den Strom" (in German). BR. Retrieved 21 August 2017.
  2. Marcus Stäbler (21 August 2002). "Von der Stille zum Melos / Der Komponist Wilhelm Killmayer und seine Musik" (in German). Neue Zürcher Zeitung. Retrieved 28 March 2011.
  3. "Music: New Records, may 6, 1957". Time. 6 May 1957. Retrieved 30 March 2011.