born in Vienna on August 23
first music studies (piano)
studied composition with Franz Schreker at the Vienna Academy of Music
studied philosophy at the University of Vienna
studied composition with Franz Schreker at the Staatliche Musikhochschule, Berlin
residence in Switzerland / journey through France and Italy
assistant to Paul Bekker at the Staatstheater, Kassel
return to Vienna
journey to North Africa
numerous literary activities, especially for the “Frankfurter Zeitung”
journey to Spain
concerts and lectures / literary activities (editor of the music periodical “23” / contributions to the “Wiener Zeitung”)
first journey to America
emigration / lectures and concerts in USA
professor of music at Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, N.Y. / guest lectures at Universities of Michigan and Wisconsin
professor of music, head of the Department of Music and dean of the School of Fine Arts, Hamline University, St. Paul, Minn.
U. S. citizenship
guest lectures at University of New Mexico, Los Angeles City and State Colleges, and Chicago Musical College
established residence in Los Angeles, Cal.
extended concert and lecture tours throughout the USA and Europe
Krenek-Festival der North Carolina Music Society in Raleigh, N.C.
Krenek Festivals, Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minn. / visiting professor, Brandeis University, Waltham, Mass.
move to Palm Springs, Cal.
visiting professor, Peabody Institute, Baltimore, Md., and University of Hawaii, Honolulu
tenure in Europe, intensive conducting and lecturing
Krenek Festival, Steirischer Herbst, Graz
Krenek Festival, California State University, Northridge, Cal.
75th birthday celebration, College of the Desert, Palm Desert, Cal. / Twin Cities Music Festival in honor of Ernst Krenek, Hamline University, St. Paul, Minn.
Krenek Festival, University of California, Santa Barbara, Cal.
tour of ten cities in U. S. and Canada (Goethe-Institute)
Ernst Krenek. Life and Work. Exhibition by the Wiener Stadt- und Landesbibliothek
establishment of the composition competition for the Ernst-Krenek-Preis der Stadt Wien
Died in Palm Springs, Cal., on December 22nd
Honors and Awards
City of Vienna Prize (1955) / Extraordinary membership, Akademie der Künste, Berlin (1959) / Membership, National Institute of Arts and Letters, New York (1960) / Membership, Akademie für Musik, Vienna (1960) / Great Silver Medallion for Service to the Austrian Republic (1960) / Gold Medal of the City of Vienna (1960) / Honorary doctorate, University of New Mexico (1960) / Grand Austrian State Prize (1963) / Grand Arts Prize of Land Nordrhein-Westfalen (1964) / Grand Medallion of Merit, German Federal Republic (1965) / Hamburg Bach Prize (1966) / Honorary membership of the Musikakademie, Graz (1969) / Music Prize, Brandeis University (1969) / Honorary membership, Hamburg State Opera (1970) / Ring of Honor, City of Vienna (1970) / Honorary membership, Akademie Mozarteum Salzburg (1970) / Ludwig-Spohr-Prize, City of Braunschweig (1970) / Honorary citation for arts and science, Republic of Austria (1975) / Honorary doctorate, Philadelphia Musical Academy (1977) / Goethe Placard, Land Hessen (1978) / Richard-Strauss-Medallion, GEMA (1980) / Honorary citizenship, City of Vienna (1981) / Honorary citizenship of the city of New Orleans (1984) / Honorary membership in the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde Wien (1988) / Salzburg State Medal of Honor (1990)
“One need have no hesitation about designating my writing of the past ten years as dodecaphonic, since the twelve tones are always in close proximity. It is atonal, since it rejects tonal centers. I only occasionally employ the stricter disciplines of the dodecaphonic and serial techniques, since I am more interested in a suppler writing style. I have nothing to do with new tendencies like ‘New Simplicity’, ‘Neoromanticism’, ‘Minimalism’, and so forth.”
Ernst Krenek, 1989
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