Ernst Krenek

1900

born in Vienna on August 23

1906

first music studies (piano)

1916

studied composition with Franz Schreker at the Vienna Academy of Music

1919

studied philosophy at the University of Vienna

1920-1923

studied composition with Franz Schreker at the Staatliche Musikhochschule, Berlin

1924

residence in Switzerland / journey through France and Italy

1925

assistant to Paul Bekker at the Staatstheater, Kassel

1927

ditto, Wiesbaden

1928

return to Vienna

1929

journey to North Africa

1930-1933

numerous literary activities, especially for the “Frankfurter Zeitung”

1934

journey to Spain

1935-1937

concerts and lectures / literary activities (editor of the music periodical “23” / contributions to the “Wiener Zeitung”)

1937

first journey to America

1938

emigration / lectures and concerts in USA

1939-1942

professor of music at Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, N.Y. / guest lectures at Universities of Michigan and Wisconsin

1942-1947

professor of music, head of the Department of Music and dean of the School of Fine Arts, Hamline University, St. Paul, Minn.

1945

U. S. citizenship

1947-1949

guest lectures at University of New Mexico, Los Angeles City and State Colleges, and Chicago Musical College

1947-1966

established residence in Los Angeles, Cal.

since 1950

extended concert and lecture tours throughout the USA and Europe
1963    Krenek Festival, North Carolina Music Society, Raleigh, N. C.

1963

Krenek-Festival der North Carolina Music Society in Raleigh, N.C.

1965

Krenek Festivals, Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minn. / visiting professor, Brandeis University, Waltham, Mass.

1966

move to Palm Springs, Cal.

1967

visiting professor, Peabody Institute, Baltimore, Md., and University of Hawaii, Honolulu

1968

tenure in Europe, intensive conducting and lecturing

1969

Krenek Festival, Steirischer Herbst, Graz

1974

Krenek Festival, California State University, Northridge, Cal.

1975

75th birthday celebration, College of the Desert, Palm Desert, Cal. / Twin Cities Music Festival in honor of Ernst Krenek, Hamline University, St. Paul, Minn.

1979

Krenek Festival, University of California, Santa Barbara, Cal.

1980

tour of ten cities in U. S. and Canada (Goethe-Institute)

1982

Ernst Krenek. Life and Work. Exhibition by the Wiener Stadt- und Landesbibliothek

1986

establishment of the composition competition for the Ernst-Krenek-Preis der Stadt Wien

1991

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)

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“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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