Iwan Knorr

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1901

Iwan Knorr (3 January 1853 – 22 January 1916) was a German composer and teacher of music. A native of Mewe, he attended the Leipzig Conservatory where he studied with Ignaz Moscheles, Ernst Friedrich Richter and Carl Reinecke. In 1874 he became a teacher and in 1878 director of music theory instruction at the Imperial Conservatory in Kharkiv, in what is now Ukraine. In 1883 he settled in Frankfurt, where he joined the faculty of the Hoch Conservatory; in 1908 he became director of the school. As a teacher he exerted great influence; among his pupils were Bernhard Sekles, Ernest Bloch, Vladimir Sokalskyi, Ernst Toch, Roger Quilter, Hans Pfitzner, and Cyril Scott. Knorr died in Frankfurt.

Selected Compositions[edit]

  • Variations on a theme by Robert Schumann, Op. 1 for Piano Trio
  • Piano Quartet in E-flat major, Op. 3
  • Ukrainian Liebeslieder for Vocal Quartet and piano accompaniment, Op. 5
  • Variations on a Ukrainian Folksong for Orchestra, Op. 7 (published by Breitkopf in 1891)
  • Variations on a Russian Folksong for Piano duet, Op. 8
  • Eight Songs for mixed choir, Op. 11
  • Symphonic Fantasy, Op. 12 (1899)
  • Serenade in G-Major for Orchestra, Op.17
  • Dunja, Opera in Two Acts, Op. 18 (premiered 1904 in Koblenz)
  • Suite for Orchestra Aus der Ukraine, O/ 20
  • Die Hochzeit (the Marriage), Opera (premiered 1907 in Prague)
  • Durchs Fenster (Through the Window), Opera in One Act (premiered 1908 in Karlsruhe)

Writings[edit]

  • Tchaikovsky (Berlin: 1900)
  • Materials for teaching Harmony (Leipzig: Breitkopf, 1903, 7 impressions)
  • Handbook of Fugal Composition (Leipzig: 1911)
  • The Fuges of Bach's Well Tempered Clavier in pictorial representation (Leipzig: 1912)

References[edit]

  • David Ewen, Encyclopedia of Concert Music (New York: Hill and Wang, 1959)

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