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Kurt Schwertsik

 b. 1935Kurt Schwertsik Photo © Karl Kleemayr

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Kurt Schwertsik's music is mercurial and idiosyncratic with a refreshing lightness of touch * Though a pupil of Stockhausen, the composer rejected serialism in favour of new forms of tonality * His search for an 'alternative' modern culture draws inspiration from Satie and the Dada movement * Output includes operas, the Irdische Klänge orchestral cycle (1980-92), concertos for violin, alphorn, guitar, double bass, timpani and flute, and numerous song cycles * Has collaborated on four widely-toured danceworks with choreographer Johann Kresnik * Featured composer at leading festivals, including Almeida, Adelaide, Wien Modern and the Alternative Vienna series in London

Works by Kurt Schwertsik include:
Vienna Chronicles (1976-77) ballet suites for orchestra
The Wondrous Tale of Fanferlizzy Sunnyfeet (1982-83) Fairytale opera in ten scenes
Nachtmusiken (2009) for orchestra

Looking Ahead: 80th birthday events in 2015 include performances of FIORETTI per San Francesco by Bruckner Orchestra in Linz (10 Oct) and Shrunken Symphony by the Vienna Symphony Orchestra conducted by Simone Young (24/25 Oct)

New Video: View an interview with Kurt Schwertsik talking about his life and music.


"Schwertsik's music is homespun, witty, nostalgic, vegetarian, politically liberal, intelligent, anti-authoritarian, widely-read, and deeply in love with tradition." — Financial Times

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