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Boris Blacher

 1903 - 1975Boris Blacher Photo © Nina v. Jaanson, Berlin


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Boris Blacher was one of the central figures in Berlin musical life after the 2nd World War * Important as a composer of vivid stage and orchestral works and as a teacher * Music noted for its colourful French-inspired instrumentation and its irreverence towards Austro-German tradition * Experimented with 'variable metrics' in works like Piano Concerto No.2, where serial procedures are applied to metrical units * Many stageworks based on classic texts including ballets Hamlet, Lysistrata, Der Mohr von Venedig and Tristan * Paganini Variations is a repertoire piece in German orchestral world and has been recently recorded by Solti * Blacher's pupils included Klebe, Einem, Erbse, Burt, Reimann, Yun and Klaus Huber

Works by Boris Blacher include:
Concertante Music (1937) for orchestra
Orchestral Variations on a theme of N.Paganini (1947)
Piano Concerto No.2 (1952) for piano and chamber orchestra
Preußisches Märchen (1949/52) Ballet-opera in five scenes
String Quartet No.2 (1940)

"Blacher summed up the reaction of sensitive Germans after the war against pathos, bombast, inflated emotion... [His music] has something of the bracing Berlin climate and something of the city's humour." — Financial Times

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