Friedrich Cerha was born in Vienna in He began violin lessons in , and from onward he received instruction in music theory and compositon. Composer Friedrich Cerha, born in Vienna in , has long been considered one of the most important Austrian composers of our time. In , he founded. Friedrich Cerha. Play on Spotify Friedrich Cerha: Nacht & 3 Orchesterstücke · Friedrich Friedrich Cerha: Eine Art Chansons & Eine letzte Art Chansons.

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Return to Vienna in November. German studies, musicology, and philosophy.

In the following years, contact with young composers including Paul Kontpainters and poets, who later joined together to form the Art-Club and became part of the Austrian section of the International Society for Contemporary Music ISCM.

Analysis of works of the Viennese School with Josef Polnauer. Extensive work as a concert violinist. Start of work as music educator at Vienna Mittelschulen.

In the yearswork in developing and leading school orchestras. Further numerous concerts as violinist. Performance of works of the Viennese school on violin at the World’s Fair in Brussels. First concerts of “die reihe”. Composition of Mouvements and Fasce.

Editions of early music. Start of increased activity as a conductor ensemble, orchestra, opera at leading institutions in the promotion of contemporary music, and at leading festivals and opera houses. First extensive tour with “die reihe” including Relazioni fragili throughout Germany and to Paris. First Friedricg Portrait at the Wiener Festwochen. Prize of the City of Vienna.

Performances of the entire Spiegel cycle at the Venice Biennale. Exhibit at the Austrian National Library: After leaving the conservatory, increased activity as composer and conductor.

Member of the European Academy of Sciences. Start of work on interpretations of the Viennese School with the Klangforum Wien.

Friedrich Cerha – Wikipedia

President of the Klangforum Wien. Numerous concerts on the occasion of his 70th birthday in Austria and beyond.

Composer-in-residence at the Mozarteum Salzburg. Composition of the Rhapsodie pour violon et piano, commissioned by the Jacques Thibaud competition, Paris. Symphonie von Beethoven for orchestra. He has been awarded a number of compositions prizes, e. Friedrich Cerha, born in Vienna inis a composer, conductor, professor and writer on music. He is also a national institution in Austria. For over half a century, his name has been synonymous in his native country with contemporary music.


It has also been synonymous with the endeavour to keep tradition alive while striving for the renewal of the art of composition. As an Austrian, Friedrich Cerha is also a representative of those of his compatriots who — in a tragic phase of history — took the only honest path by actively fighting friedrlch fascism.

Mr Cerha is a quiet, reserved man with a wonderful sense of humour and a remarkable talent as a public speaker, if the occasion arises who turns into a fighter when he feels he has to stand up for new music. With comrades such as the composer Kurt Schwertsik and later also H. Gruber as well as his wife Gertraud, he founded the ensemble die reihe in to create a cerhaa for contemporary music.

As director of die reiheCerha never pushed his own compositions into the foreground, but he was, from the very beginning, a hard worker at his desk and produced pieces which have acquired a music ceerha significance. In fact, some of them count as milestones in the history of music after World War II. It is however in no way just a historic document: Frierdich oeuvre encompasses all genres in a variety of styles.

Friedrich Cerha

Cerha has also written racy Viennese music with a genuinely individual sense of humour such as the two Keintaten, settings of words by Ernst Kein. He is fully at home in the world of Viennese tunes and he is perhaps the first one to have paved their way to the concert hall. The realm flanked by the operas and the Keintaten is occupied by an impressive body of orchestral, ensemble and chamber works, they, too, in a wide variety of styles, from the avant-garde to concert music that speaks directly to an uninitiated audience.

The genres cover straight orchestral pieces, concertos, works for solo voice and orchestra, chamber music for different combinations of instruments, such as four string quartets, a string sextet and a piano trio.

Cerha has written a ceeha report on his approach to the material Berg left unfinished, published by Universal Edition. He celebrated his 87th birthday on 17 Februaryseveral concerts were performed in his honour. Read an extensive interview with Friedrich Cerha. After the end of World War 2, Cerha focused on concertizing and teaching the then dominant neo-classicism his Divertimento of represents homage to Stravinsky.


Later, he friedrkch as starting points the works of Anton Webern, and from serial techniques of the avantgarde, developing his own style with such pieces as Relazioni fragili, Espressioni fondamentali, Intersecazioni. With works such as Mouvements, Fasce and his Spiegel cycle he created his own language of sound free from traditional schemata.

Despite apparent similarities with works written at the same time by Ligeti or Penderecki, it differs in so far as clearly recognizable processes of development play a major role, and in combination with non-linear processes major cerh relationships are created, providing the work with a coherent system, a sort of cosmos. In the stage piece Netzwerkwhich derived from the basis of the deliberately heterogeneous material of Exercisesthe perspectives switch between mass reactions and individual areas surveyed as if under a friesrich.

After a series of instrumental works in which he extended his material by referring directly to historical idioms Curriculum, Sinfoniethe opera Baal seamlessly knits together all the previous structural forms.

Cerha took a fresh look at various forms of folklore, already evident in his early works, in such minor works as the Keintaten after Ernst Kein and Chansons settings of texts of the Vienna Groupstylising and alienating the Viennese idiom.

On the other hand, his string quartets, some of which use microtones, show the influence of non-European music, with a tendency to polyrhythmic and metrical forms also to be found in other works such as the Langegger Nachtmusik III and Quellen. You will regularly receive information about new scores with free downloads, current prize games and news about our composers.

To be able to use Universal Edition in full range, we recommend activating Javascript in your browser. Symphonie von Beethoven for orchestra — 29 Oct: German with English subtitles His Works After the end of World War 2, Cerha focused on concertizing and teaching the then dominant neo-classicism his Divertimento of represents homage to Stravinsky.

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