Karl Rankl

Conductor and composer, born 1.10.1898 in Gaaden near Vienna, died 6.9.1968 in St. Gilgen near Salzburg


Biography

The conductor and composer Karl Rankl was born in 1898 in Gaaden near Vienna. Between 1918 and 1921 he studied with Arnold Schoenberg and Anton Webern, and was also a close friend of Hanns Eisler.


From 1922 to 1925 Rankl was repetiteur for Volksoper Vienna. He later held the same position at Liberec, Königsberg and finally at Krolloper Berlin from 1928. In 1931 Rankl became Kappellmeister in Wiesbaden, moving to Graz from 1933 – 1937 and finally to Prague from 1937 to 1938.


In 1939 he emigrated to Bristol in the United Kingdom, becoming interned on the Isle of Man in 1940. Rankl then worked principally on his compositions in Oxford until 1944 when he began conducting again at the BBC and with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Between 1946 and 1951 he was Music Director of the Royal Opera House and conducted a complete Ring cycle and also gave the world première of The Olympians by Arthur Bliss.


In 1952 Rankl became Music Director of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. He then moved to the Elizabethan Opera Company, Sydney in 1958 where he remained until 1960. He composed many orchestral works and Lieder as well the opera Deirdre of the Sorrows. Rankl died in 1968 in St. Gilgen near Salzburg.  


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