Gerhard Wimberger

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Gerhard Wimberger (born 30 August 1923 in Vienna) is an Austrian composer[1] and conductor.

Career[edit]

Wimberger studied at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. His teachers were Cesar Bresgen and Johann Nepomuk David for composition, and Clemens Krauss and Bernhard Paumgartner for conducting.

After World War II, in which he served in the army, he worked as vocal coach at the Vienna Volksoper, then as conductor at the Salzburg Theatre, before becoming a teacher for conducting and composition at the Mozarteum. Among his many pupils were Klaus Ager, Sergio Cárdenas, Dieter Lehnhoff, and Gerd Kühr. Wimberger also served as member of the directory of the Salzburg Festival, and as president of the Austrian Composers’ Association AKM.

Scenic works[edit]

  • Heinrich und Kleist, Scenes for Music Theatre (2004), chamber opera
  • Wolf Dietrich Prince of Salzburg (1985/87), scenic chronicles
  • Paradou (1981/58), opera after Émile Zola
  • The Golden Shoes (1983), ballet music for television
  • Jedermann (1983), incidental music
  • Rules of Life (1970/73), scenic music
  • Helen the Victim (1967), musical
  • Lady Clown (1963/64), musical comedy
  • Hero and Leander (1962/63), dance drama
  • La Battaglia or the Red Feathers, opera
  • Display Story (1952/53)

Concert music[edit]

  • Musica Cellisima (2003), cello and orchestra
  • Musica Tranquilla (2000), orchestra
  • Strange Evening Music (1999), chamber orchestra
  • Flows (1997), string sextet
  • Combophony (1995), 7 instruments
  • Premonitions (1994), orchestra
  • Burletta (1993), violin, piano
  • In the Name of Love (1992), tenor, piano
  • Dance Concerto (1991/92), chamber orchestra
  • Vanity in the Life of a Manager (1991/92), voices and orchestra
  • Disegni (1991), piano
  • Three Sonatas for Synthesizer (1990–91)
  • Quintet (1990), classical wind quintet
  • Diary 1942 (1990/91), baritone, chorus, orchestra
  • Concerto for Synthesizer (1989)
  • Vagabondage (1988), big band
  • We Do Not Stop Breathing, mezzo-soprano, piano
  • Night Music Mourning Music Final Music (1987/88), orchestra
  • Fantasy for Eight Players (1982), octet
  • Concertino per Orchestra (1981)
  • Chromatic Variation on a Waltz by Diabelli (1981), piano
  • Second Piano Concerto (1980/81), piano, orchestra
  • Six Love Songs on Baroque Texts (1980), baritone and harpsichord or piano
  • Sonetti in vita e in morte di Madonna Laura (1979), a cappella chorus
  • Projections on Themes of W. A. Mozart (1978), orchestra
  • Programme (1977/78), large orchestra
  • String Quartet (1978/79)
  • Concerto for Twelve Players (1978/79)
  • Contours (1977), piano
  • My Life, My Death (1976), baritone, instruments, and tape
  • Motus (1976), large orchestra
  • Plays (1975), 12 cellos, winds, and percussion
  • Short Stories (1974/75), eleven winds
  • Memento Vivere (1973/74), mezzo-soprano, baritone, 3 speakers, choir, orchestra
  • Mulitiplay – Canonic Reflections (1972/73), 23 players
  • Signum (1969), organ
  • Four Songs (1969), voice and instruments
  • Chronique (1968/69), orchestra
  • Ars Amatoria (1967), cantata for chorus, combo, and chamber orchestra
  • Four Movements on German Folksongs (1966), soprano, 3 instruments, chorus
  • Risonanze (1965/66), three orchestral groups
  • Kästner-Songbook (1962), medium voice, piano
  • Stories (1962), winds and percussion
  • Three Lyrical Chansons (1957), voice and chamber orchestra
  • Wedding Mail Cantata (1957), mixed chorus, harpsichord, and double bass
  • Allegro giocoso (1956), orchestra
  • Agustin Variations-Loga-rhythms (1956), orchestra
  • Figures and Fantasies (1956), orchestra
  • Concerto for Piano and Chamber Orchestra (1955)
  • Divertimento (1954), string orchestra
  • Musica Brevis (1950), orchestra

Literature[edit]

  • Harald Goerz. Gerhard Wimberger. Vienna: Lafitte, 1991.

Decorations and awards[edit]

This article incorporates information from the equivalent article on the German Wikipedia.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rubin, Don. The World Encyclopedia of Contemporary Theatre: Europe. Taylor & Francis. pp. 67, 68. ISBN 978-0-415-05928-2. Retrieved 5 May 2011. 
  2. ^ "outstanding artist award" (pdf) (in German). Bundesministerium für Unterricht, Kunst und Kultur. Retrieved 23 December 2012.