Karl Weigl

Biography

Karl Ignaz Weigl (February 2, 1881August 11, 1949) was born in Vienna, the son of a bank official who was also a keen amateur musician. Alexander Zemlinsky took him as a private pupil in 1896. Weigl went to school at the Franz-Joseph-Gymnasium and graduated from there in 1899. After that, he continued his studies at the Vienna Music Academy, where he became a composition pupil of Robert Fuchs, and also enrolled at the University of Vienna, studying musicology under Guido Adler, having Anton Webern as a classmate. His only opera, Der Rattenfänger von Hameln, premiered in Vienna in 1932.

When the Nazis occupied Austria, in 1938, Weigl emigrated to the United States, together with his second wife, Valerie (Vally) and his son. He obtained a number of increasingly important teaching posts: at the Hartt School of Music, at Brooklyn College, at the Boston Conservatory and, from 1948 on, at the Philadelphia Academy of Music. He was an important early member of ACA. He died in New York in 1949.

Weigl wrote many compositions including symphonies, chamber music pieces, string quartets, and songs for solo piano. The ACA Archive has preserved more than 200 Weigl scores, which are available for sale and rental through the American Composers Alliance.

Photo of the composer taken by Ernst Kassowitz, near Seattle, in 1947; courtesy of the ACA Archives, Special Collections in Performing Arts at the University of Maryland.

ACE Publications

81 title(s)
Composer Title SCORING/INSTRUMENTATION Year
Karl Weigl DANCE OF THE FURIES - TANZ DER ERINNYEN pf
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Karl Weigl FIVE DUETS FOR SOPRANO and BARITONE with PIANO -
Soprano, Baritone, piano
Karl Weigl THREE INTERMEZZI FOR STRINGS string quintet, or string orchestra
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Karl Weigl TOTENINSEL - ISLE OF THE DEAD solo piano
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Karl Weigl EIN STELLDICHEIN (A RENDEZVOUS) sop, str sextet (2-2-2)
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Karl Weigl Five Songs for Soprano and String Quartet, Op. 40, Full score and parts soprano, string quartet
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Karl Weigl Five Songs for Soprano and String Quartet, Op. 40, Piano-Vocal Score Soprano, piano
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Karl Weigl FOUR BAGATELLES, for Wind Quintet and Piano winds:1-1-1-1,hn,pf
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Karl Weigl STRING QUARTETS No. 1-6, 8 KARL WEIGL - Perusal PDF -
string quartet
Karl Weigl FOUR POEMS -
satb with pf reh only
Karl Weigl JESUS, op 10, no 2 bs bar, pf
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Karl Weigl SONG OF THE SAILOR'S GIRL -
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Karl Weigl WOMEN'S CHORUSES sop & 3-4pt chor
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Karl Weigl IN LOVE -
Sop, pf
Karl Weigl MAIDEN SONGS (MAICHENLIEDER) -
Sop, pf
Karl Weigl IM DUNKEL med-low voice, pf
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Karl Weigl FIVE SONGS (FÜNF LIEDER) op 23 high voice, pf
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Karl Weigl STRING QUARTET No. 8 string quartet
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Karl Weigl MENUETTO -
cello, piano
Karl Weigl FOLKSONGS FROM MANY LANDS chor OR solo voices,pf
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Karl Weigl TWO SONGS OF THE SOUTH -
see Early Easter Morning, Black Cat
Karl Weigl LIEBES-LIEDER,op 22 for Soprano or Tenor, and pf
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Karl Weigl CRADLE SONG -
voice, piano
Karl Weigl TWO RELIGIOUS CHORUSES OF OUR TIME satb a capella
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Karl Weigl AND THERE YOU STOOD -
low voice, pf

Additional Works