Hans Gál

Composer, born 5.8.1890 in Vienna, died 3.10.1987 in Edinburgh


Photo: Hans Gál Society


Biography

Having studied composition with Eusebius Mandyczewskz in Vienna, Hans Gál went on to lecture at Vienna University for a decade from 1919. In his native Austria and in neighbouring Germany he was a successful composer, with many of his works for orchestra, opera, chamber groups and choir being performed.

After becoming director of the Konservatorium Mainz he had to emigrate to the UK in 1938, and briefly settled in Edinburgh before having to attend the internment camp in the Isle of Man, where he wrote his diary entitled, “Music behind Barbed Wire”, recently published in English translation by Toccata Press.

After the war he moved back to Edinburgh where he became a professor at the University, and continued to compose until his death in 1987. Amongst some of his published monographs are those of; Brahms, Wagner, Schubert and Verdi.


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  • Clips from Gál's "What A Life"

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