Leopold Spinner

composer and editor, born April 26, 1906 in Lemberg, died in London August 12, 1980


Biography

Leopold Spinner was a composer who became chief editor of Boosey & Hawkes after moving to England to escape the second world war.

Born in the Ukraine in 1906 to Austrian parents he moved to Vienna in 1914. Whilst living in Vienna, Spinner came to know Schoenberg but it was with Webern he gained most of his compositional style. With the Anchluss of Austria in 1938, Spinner fled to England where his prominence as a composer slipped into some obscurity, especially so with the death of Webern in 1945.

During the war he worked in a locomotive factory in Yorkshire, but gained employment at Boosey & Hawkes in 1947 where he remained until his retirement in 1975.  Although this isolated him somewhat from the post-Webern Darmstadt school that he was close to, his works have been championed by many, including; Heinz Holliger, Reinbert de Leeuw, Ensemble Modern and RSO Wien.


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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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