Karl Weigl

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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.

ACA List for Karl Weigl

AND THERE YOU STOOD (1945)
low voice, pf
BLAUE NACHT (BLUE NIGHT) (1926)
mezzo sop,pf
CAPRICCIO (1942)
pf-4 hands
CHILDREN'S SONGS (1944)
high voice, pf
A CRADLE SONG (1946)
voice, piano
EARLY EASTER MORNING, op. 41 (1945)
satb (or med voice) & pf
EIN STELLDICHEIN (A RENDEZVOUS) (2015)
sop, str sextet (2-2-2)
FIVE DUETS FOR SOPRANO & BARITONE (1909)
Soprano, Baritone, piano
FIVE SONGS (FÜNF LIEDER) op 23 (1955)
med voice, pf
FIVE SONGS FOR SOPRANO AND STRING QUARTET, Op. 40 (1934)
soprano, string quartet

trost1.mp3

"Trost" (Consolation)
FIVE SONGS FROM 'PHANTASUS' op. 9 (1905)
Soprano or Mezzo-Soprano, piano

weigl_k_songs_from_phantasus_op._9_no1_exceprt.mp3

excerpt - No. 1 from Phantasus Songs
FIVE SONGS, op 10, No. 4 (1913)
med-low voice, pf
FIVE SONGS, op 3 (1905)
Tenor, piano
FIVE SONGS, op 8 (1904)
med voice, pf
FOLKSONGS FROM MANY LANDS (1947)
chor OR solo voices,pf
FOUR BAGATELLES, for Wind Quintet and Piano (1972)
winds:1-1-1-1,hn,pf
FOUR POEMS
satb with pf reh only
FOUR SHORT PIECES, for 4 Clarinets (or 4 Violins) & Piano (1941)
4 Clarinets (or 4 Violins) & Pf
FOUR SONGS, for 4 Solo Voices & Pf (1905)
solo voices (satb), pf
THE GLORIOUS VAGABOND (1939)
Low Voice and Piano
GREY YEARS (1942)
med voice, pf
IM DUNKEL (1955)
med-low voice, pf
IN LOVE
Sop, pf
THE INVISIBLE LIGHT - Das unsichtbare Licht (1942)
high (or low) voice, with piano

weigl_k_-_invisible_light_-_excerpt.mp3

excerpt "Invisible Light" Sophie Klussmann, Soprano
JESUS, op 10, no 2
bs bar, pf
KINDERLIEDER op11 (1916)
Women's Chorus: SA OR children's chorus OR med high voice & pf
LIEBES-LIEDER,op 22 (1946)
for Soprano or Tenor, and pf
LIEBESLIED (1936)
high or low voice, piano
MEDITATION (1944)
pf 4 hands
MENUETTO (1948)
vcl,pf
NORWEGIAN DANCE (1941)
2pf
THE PIED PIPER OF HAMELIN op 24 (1936)
children's operetta for chorus, 2 soloists & pf, or cham orch:1-1-1-1,hn,str
THE PIED PIPER SUITE (1936)
orch:fl/pic-1-1-1,hn,perc,pf,str
THE REFUGEE (1939)
voice, pf
REQUIEM FOR EVA (1924)
String Quartet No. 4, 3rd movement
SEVEN CHILDREN'S SONGS, op 11 (1916)
Women's Chorus:sa OR children's chors OR med high voice & pf
SEVEN SONGS,op 1 (1908)
low voice, piano
SHOUTING SUN (Early Easter Morning) (1945)
SATB or medium voice with piano
SIX SONGS FOR CONTRALTO & PIANO (1926)
contralto,pf
SIX SONGS ON POEMS BY O. J. BIERBAUM (1905)
high voice, pf
SONATA FOR VIOLA AND PIANO (1940)
vla, pno
STRING QUARTET No. 2 (w with viola d'amore) (1906)
violin 1,2, viola (or viola d'amore), cello
STRING QUARTET No. 4 in D minor (1924)
string quartet
STRING QUARTET No. 5 in G Major (1933)
string quartet
STRING QUARTET No. 6 in C Major (1939)
string quartet
STRING QUARTET No. 8 (1949)
string quartet
SYMPHONISCHE PHANTASIE (1905)
orch: 3-3-3-3; 4-3-3-1, strings
THREE ODEN (1909)
satb soli, pf
THREE POEMS (DREI GEDICHTE),op 6 (1909)
satb a capella:8part
THREE SONGS FOR MEZZO SOPRANO & STR QRT (1936)
Mezzo Soprano, string quartet
TO BABY CHRISTINE (1941)
med vc,pf
TWO RELIGIOUS CHORUSES (1942)
satb a capella (pf for reh)
TWO RELIGIOUS CHORUSES OF OUR TIME (1945)
satb a capella
TWO SONGS OF THE SOUTH (1946)
see Early Easter Morning, Black Cat
THE WATCHMAN'S REPORT op 39 (1941)
bar solo,satb,pf
WOMEN'S CHORUSES
sop & 3-4pt chor

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