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

    9 title(s)
    Composer Title SCORING/INSTRUMENTATION Year
    Karl Weigl FIVE SONGS FROM 'PHANTASUS' op. 9
    Soprano or Mezzo-Soprano, piano
    Karl Weigl FIVE SONGS, op 3 Tenor, piano
    Karl Weigl FOUR SONGS, for 4 Solo Voices & Pf solo voices (satb), pf
    Karl Weigl GLORIOUS VAGABOND
    Low Voice and Piano
    Karl Weigl REFUGEE voice, pf
    Karl Weigl SIX SONGS ON POEMS BY O. J. BIERBAUM high voice, pf
    Karl Weigl STRING QUARTET No. 6 in C Major string quartet
    Karl Weigl SYMPHONISCHE PHANTASIE orch: 3-3-3-3; 4-3-3-1, strings
    Karl Weigl TRIO FOR VIOLIN, CELLO, AND PIANO pf,vln,vcl

    Additional Works

    Boosey/Imagem

    AT THE CHICKEN FARM                 
    DUSK HOUR                 
    LULLABY
    MUSIC FOR THE YOUNG
    PICTURES FROM CHILDHOOD
    RAIN FALL
    RHAPSODY 
    SYMPHONY NO 6   
    TWO PIECES FOR VIOLIN CELLO AND PIANO, OP.39  
    VIOLIN CONCERTO