Egon Wellesz

Composer and musicologist, born 21.10.1885 in Vienna, died 9.11.1976 in Oxford


Biography

Egon Wellesz Studied in Vienna with Arnold Schönberg and Guido Adler. From 1911 he taught at Vienna University and the New Vienna Conservatoire. In 1921 he published a book about his teacher Arnold Schönberg.

He undertook extensive research in Byzantine music and composed many successful operas and ballets in the 1920s. In 1929 he became Professor of Musicology in Vienna and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate at Oxford University in 1932.

In 1938 he emigrated to the UK and began to work at Oxford University in 1939, where he remained until the end of his life.
He was interned on the Isle of Man in 1940. He composed 9 symphonies in Oxford and was highly respected as a teacher.


Related Links

  • Egon Wellesz in the University of Hamburg online database of musicians persecuted during the Nazi Period (LexM)
  • Egon Wellesz on the Website of Boosey & Hawkes

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Royal College of Music, Prince Consort Road, London SW7 2BS. Tel: +44(0)20 7591 4300 Royal College of Music, Prince Consort Road, London SW7 2BS.
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